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Pakistani Singer Mehdi Hassan Dies

Pakistani Singer Mehdi Hassan

Pakistani Singer Mehdi Hassan

Mehdi Hassan, a Pakistani singer loved by millions across South Asia, has died after a long illness.

He was 85 and died in the southern port city of Karachi.

Hassan was ill and had been unable to sing for 10 years.

He was born in 1927 in what is now India but migrated to Pakistan with his family at the time of subcontinent's partition in 1947.

In his early days, he worked at a bicycle shop and as a car mechanic before he gained fame for his mastery of the Ghazal, a traditional love poem expression put to music.

He became known as the "King of Ghazal."

His songs rang out frequently across markets and buses, in homes across Pakistan and beyond, and were the soundtrack to more than 300 Pakistani films.

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Based on reporting by AP and AFP