Amritsar: A Padma Shri recipient and former "Hazoori Raagi" at the Golden Temple, Nirmal Singh, passed away on Thursday, days after testing positive for coronavirus, a health official said.

Singh suffered a heart attack at 4.30am on Thursday. The 62-year-old ''Gurbani'' exponent  had recently returned from abroad and had tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, the official said. 

Principal, Government Medical College, Dr Sujata Sharma said his condition started deteriorating on Wednesday evening and he was shifted to ventilator support. He died at 4:30 am Thursday, she said.

The man was admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here after he complained of breathlessness and dizziness on March 30, she said.

Meanwhile, police sealed the area around Singh's residence to check the spread of the infection.

According to officials, Singh had held a large sammelan (religious gathering) in Delhi and some other places after he returned from abroad.

Singh, along with his family members and other relatives, had performed a kirtan at a house in Chandigarh on March 19.

The civil surgeon said his two daughters, son, wife, a driver and six others, who accompanied him have been isolated at a hospital here and their samples will be taken for testing.

She further said the Chandigarh administration has been informed about the religious gathering organised by him at Sector 27 there.

Singh has the knowledge of all 31 ''raags'' in the Gurbani of the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh holy book). He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009.

With PTI Inputs