Singer and composer Bappi Lahiri passed away at the age of 69 in Mumbai.
He was suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and had been ailing for weeks, according to his doctors.
"He was hospitalised in Criticare Hospital, Juhu for 29 days. He recovered well and was discharged home on 15 February. However, after a day at home, his health again deteriorated and he was brought back to Criticare hospital in a critical state and succumbed to his illness," said an official statement.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder, where a person tend to stop and start breathing while asleep.
Symtoms of the disease include;
* Gasping or choking
* Sore throat
* Memory problems
* Intense sweating at night
* Frequent urination
* Mood changes
34 million Indians suffer from obstructive sleep apnea which is more prevalent in men than in women.
OSA also occurs when the throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep, according to Mayoclinic.org.
It is important that people get proper diagnosis and treatment. Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy is used wherein the air pressure is adjusted to prevent the upper airway tissues from collapsing.