Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has mourned the untimely and tragic demise of former singer Junaid Jamshed.
“We lost an artist in Junaid Jamshed. May God Bless all! Ameen,” he tweeted on Wednesday.
The singer-turned-religious scholar was travelling from Chitral to Islamabad in a PIA aircraft when it crashed near Abbottabad, killing all 48 people on board.
Indian actress Sophie Choudhry also expressed grief over Jamshed’s death, saying she often sang his songs during her teenage.
“So sad! As a teen I sang on the album my mentor Biddu produced for him. He was a pop icon! Prayers for Junaidjamshed and all the victims. RIP,” she tweeted.
Born on September 3, 1964, the pop singer-turned-evangelist shot to stardom and became a household name in the 1980s as the front man of the celebrated Vital Signs.
The band delivered several chart-topping numbers, including the timeless classic Dil Dil Pakistan, dubbed the unofficial national anthem of Pakistan. Other songs included Tum Mil Gaye, Aitebaar and Who Kaun Thi.
Vital Signs gained national and international acclaim, becoming the first Pakistani band to achieve commercial success.
In 2004, Jamsheds life took a dramatic turn as he announced to quit his illustrious music career opting to focus on religion, and began preaching on TV.
His appearance changed drastically, as he ditched leather jackets and stonewashed jeans for a more traditional ensemble and a beard. He went on to build a fashion empire, with a clothing boutique known as J., which has several outlets across Pakistan.