New Delhi: Top Pakistani musician Farhad Humayun passed away on Tuesday morning, his band announced on social media. “The magnificent Farhad Humayun left us for the stars this morning. Stoic in the face of challenges, uncompromising in his values, generous to a fault, witty as hell! Fadi was far too ahead of his time, both in spirit and art.”
Further, the band added, “Farhad would want us to celebrate his life, so we request his family, friends and fans to honour him and say a prayer for him today. I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” Godspeed our gentle giant and thank you for creating a riot!” it added at the end.
The post did not mention the cause of Humayun’s death but in 2018 the musician revealed that he had a brain tumour that was being operated on by his cousin, Taimur Rahman, told Images that the musician had undergone two major operations for the tumour in Lahore and Dubai but had still been suffering from it.
Many Pakistani celebrities have paid their condolences to Farhad. Singer-actor Ali Zafar took a picture of himself with Farhad on Twitter and wrote, “Goodbye old friend. You were an inspiration for so many. Your contribution to music and in people’s lives cannot be defined in a few lines. You were more than a musician and a performer…you were a fighter… destined for greatness and great you were. R.I.P #farhadhumayun”
Also, Atif Aslam paid his tribute through Twitter, he wrote, “Thank you, Fadi, for giving us great music, good times & for playing on my 1st album. Buddy, I was thrilled abt r collab – I have finished the lyrics as well but I didn’t know we won’t be able to make it happen. #farhadhumayun #RestInPeace #GoneTooSoon “
Top actor Arjun Mathur penned down a heartbreaking quote, he wrote, “What does one say about a comet? Or a shooting star? My first memories of Farhad Humayun, or ‘Fadi’, as I knew him, are from when I was just a toddler and my parents’ best-friends – Shahzad Uncle and Nivi Aunty – visited from Pakistan. We would wait for the parents to leave for their parties so we could hit ‘Excite-Bike’ on the 8-bit NES, or watch our favourite movies from the time.. ‘Jaanbaaz’ and ‘Veerana’, no less.”
He added, “As a kid when our family visited them in Lahore, I remember the largest Aloo-Parathas I had ever seen, at their home.. and the best post-swim chicken sandwiches at Lahore Gymkhana… As we grew up, Fadi and I, both turned out to be the ‘artists’ in our respective families. I saw him as my own reflection from across the border (so much so that we even had our weddings around the same time and were getting divorced from our short and brief marriages around the same time). Fadi became a musician – a drummer par excellence, to be precise – and formed a fusion Pakistani rock band called ‘Overload’ that pounded hearts with their drum and traditional dhol beats and shredded heartstrings with their electric guitars and Fadi’s golden voice.
I watched him rise from strength to strength.”
Further, he wrote, “He became a bonafide rockstar in Pakistan. As tensions between our countries grew and the mutual visits became less frequent due to bureaucratic and political processes, I saw him more on posters, in music videos and on Coke-Studio, than I would in real life. We would then end up a meeting over summers in London, where among other things, he would magically appear at the toughest of times, to lift my unwell brother out of an emotional slump just when it was most required. Just like his father, Shahzad Uncle had done for my parents, Fadi was always doing the most he could, to make us feel supported and secure.”