Popular Odia singer Tapu Mishra passes away

Popular Odia playback singer Tapu Mishra died due to post Covid-19 complications while undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, family sources said on Sunday. She was 36.

Her father had also succumbed to Covid-19 on May 10. The singer breathed her last on Saturday night. She was put on ventilator support two days ago after her oxygen level drastically dropped to 45. Her lungs had also suffered extensive damages, sources at the hospital where she was admitted on May 19 said.

The state’s Culture Department had sanctioned Rs 1 lakh for her treatment from the Artistes’ Welfare Fund as her family members were planning to shift her to Kolkata for ECMO treatment, another source said. The Odia film industry, or Ollywood, had also started raising funds for Mishra’s treatment.

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