Not even a month has passed since American singer Christina Grimmie was shot dead by an assailant, and now news has come in from across the border that renowned Qawwali singer Amjad Sabri (of the Sabri Brothers) has been killed by gunmen in Karachi.
Most of them have either performed or conversed with the famous Pakistani singer.
Chand Nizami, who belongs to the group Nizami Bandhu, and has performed with the great singer in the past, says, "I came back from a recording and heard the shocking news.
I am shocked, and filled with sadness to hear of his passing. He was a great Qawwali singer, and was both a great artiste as well as a person. Even more unfortunate is the fact that he was killed during Ramzan."
Yousuf Khan Nizami, who sings with the Nizami Brothers, adds, "I was completely shaken when I heard the news. I had met him many times, and he was a very good friend of my nephews who live in Pakistan.
He came to India many times to perform, and had even performed at the Nizamuddin dargah.
He was an incredible person, and the news of his death is extremely shocking. Bas yeh hi dua hai ki Allah unhe jannat mein jagah de."
Amjad Sabri's relatives, particularly his father Ghulam Farid Sabri, are considered to be the proponent of Qawwali in the subcontinent and beyond.
Amjad Sabri began to learn the niche genre of music when he was only nine years old. Only a few years later, when he was 12, he began to perform on the stage with his father. That year, a legend was born.
Amjad and an associate were travelling in a car when unidentified gunmen fired at their vehicle, critically injuring them. The two were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed hospital, where Amjad succumbed to his injuries.