Malayalam lyricist Poovachal Khader died due to COVID related complications at the Government Medical College Hospital at 0015 hrs on Tuesday.
He was 73. Khader is survived by his wife Aamina, two daughters, Thushara and Prasoona.
Khader who was under treatment for COVID related health problems suffered a cardiac arrest early this morning, family sources said.
Khader was born on the Christmas day in 1948, in a village named Poovachal here.
His first movie as a lyricist was Kaattuvithachavan (1973) but his first released movie was Chuzhi (1973).
Chuzhi released under the musical direction of MS Baburaj. Khader written lyrics for more than 2000 songs.
He, along with Bichu Thirumala, dominated the Malayalam film industry for more than a decade.
Peter Reuben, A. T. Ummer, Shyam, K. V. Mahadevan, G. Devarajan, K. Raghavan, M. K. Arjunan, Raveendran, Johnson, MG Radhakrishnan Gangai Amaran, Raghu Kumar, Jerry Amaldev, Ilayaraja and Shankar Ganesh have set tunes to his lyrics whereby his works have been musically voiced by vocal maestros like K. J. Yesudas, P. Jayachandran, Vani Jairam, S. Janaki, K. S. Chithra, P. Susheela, P. Madhuri, Unni Menon and Lathika.
The last rites will be held at Poovachal Juma Masjid this evening.