Iconic music director and Padma Bhushan awardee Mohammed Khayyam passed away

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Mumbai: Indian music director Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, popularly known as Khayyam, died in a Mumbai hospital on Monday. He died at the age of 92. The legendary music composer, best known for his music in films such as Kabhi Kabhie and Umrao Jaan, died after suffering from a lung ailment at Sujay Hospital in Juhu. “He was admitted to the hospital a few days ago owing to breathing issues and other age-related illnesses. He died at Sujay Hospital at around 9.30 pm,” a family friend told. Khayyam, who started his musical career at the age of 17, was also a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Padma Bhushan. Celebrities as well as politicians such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and singer Lata Mangeshkar mourned the demise of the legendary music director.