Obstructive Sleep Apnea Bappi Lahiri

Veteran singer Bappi Lahiri passed away in Mumbai today due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The singer and composer had a huge fan base and had popularized disco-pop music in the country in the 80s and 90s. Thus, today, dated 16th February 2022, he took his last breath and passed shortly before midnight.

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Bappi Lahiri Death Cause: 

As per the reports and his doctors, Lahiri had several health issues. But, Obstructive Sleep Apnea was responsible for taking away his life. Dr. Deepak Namjoshi, the director of the hospital stated that Lahiri was admitted to the hospital for one long month. Also, he was discharged on Monday but his health kept deteriorating and the family had to recall the doctors. Thus, Bappi Lahiri was brought to the hospital yet again on Tuesday. As per Namjoshi, Bappi Lahiri death cause is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Hence, just 10 days after the death of the nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar, another great singer passed away. Mr. Lahiri was last seen in the famous reality show Big Boss season 15 in a weekend episode with host Salman Khan.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is one of the most common breathing disorders out of the several other sleep apnea disorders. Under Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a person repeatedly stops and starts sleeping in the sleep itself.

OSA is a condition in which the upper airway of a person is blocked by something while the person is fast asleep. Here, the muscle supporting the soft tissues in the throat, like the tongue or soft palate relax. Thus, due to such blockage, the diaphragm and the chest muscles try and work hard to open the airway and pull air into the lungs. All this results in the shallowing of that person’s breath. Hence, they might then breathe again with a loud jerk or gasp.

Under normal circumstances, the air inhaled through the nose should easily flow into the lungs directly. Also, this includes the times when a person is asleep. So, periods, where breathing stops completely, are known as apnea often called an apneic episode. As for Sleep Apnea, the breathing is constantly stopped the entire night.

However, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is most common among older males. But, the disease can affect anyone including children. The chances of getting affected increases soon after menopause in females. Also, similar is the rate of it happening to men of older age.

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSP) are often associated. In the case of OSA, snoring is accompanied by several small periods of silence. However, snoring itself does not carry any potential threat as not everyone who snores has OSA.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

The majority of the patients complain about daytime sleepiness. Thus, in Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the sleep quality degrades due to a decrease in oxygen supply to the body parts and brain. Hence, it causes a lack of clarity in the mornings and drowsiness.

Common symptoms include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping
  • Snorting
  • Choking
  • Breathing interruptions while sleeping

These are the common OSA symptoms reported while the person is asleep. Such symptoms are also detected during health maintenance screening.

Other common symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Disorder include:

  • Sleepiness and drowsiness
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Forgetfulness
  • Grumpiness or disgruntled feeling
  • Repetitive awakening in the night
  • Worsening depression
  • Hyperactivity in children
  • Poor work performance
  • Loss of interest in sex

What are the causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Some of the common conditions that cause OSA are the following:

  • Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome which is a breathing disorder of obese people.
  • Several endocrine conditions like hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome, acromegaly, etc. Thus, all this can affect a person’s breathing while sleeping.
  • Asthma or other chronic diseases like Pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Pregnancy
  • Heart or Kidney failure may lead to the building up of fluid in the neck and obstruct the airway.


What are the risk factors of Obstructive Sleep Apnea a person should consider?

Certain physical features can indicate a high risk of OSA. Hence, a person having those features is at high risk.

  • Large Tonsil
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • A large tongue that may block breathing
  • Men with a 17 inch or more collar size
  • Women with a 16 inch or more collar size
  • A narrow palate that collapses easily



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