Pakistani singer, musician, and record producer Farhad Humayun passed away Tuesday, according to a post shared on his band's official Facebook page.
The news was also confirmed by his cousin and Laal band member Dr Taimur Rahman who shared the news on Twitter and expressed his grief. He wrote:
"My cousin, Farhad Humayun, has passed away. He was an incredible musician and artist. An emptiness has taken the place of his larger-than-life personality."
Humayun was the founder and drummer of the band Overload whose career spanned two decades. The band's Facebook page posted:
"The magnificent Farhad Humayun left us for the stars this morning. Stoic in the face of challenges, uncompromising in his values, generous to a fault, witty as hell! Fadi was far too ahead of his time, both in spirit and art."
"He would want us to celebrate his life, so we request his family, friends, and fans to honor him and say a prayer for him today. We can almost hear him say these words by David Bowie: “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring”. Godspeed our gentle giant and thank you for creating a Riot," the post added.
The cause of Humayun's death is unclear, however, the musician was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November 2018.
Farhad started his music journey in 1999 when he started singing for fun while he was the music society president at the National College of Arts. And there was no stopping him. The drummer went on to conquer, shape, and change the underground music scene in Pakistan, but also shone brightly in the spotlight while playing with the likes of Noori, forming the music group Overload, and appearing on Coke Studio.
Celebrities, social media users react to Farhad's death:
As soon as the news of Farhad's tragic passing was made public an influx of condolences and prayers began for the late musician.
Youtuber Taimoor Salahuddin, also known as Mooro, took to Twitter to share what an inspiration Farhad has been for him:
"I grew up listening to overload, being inspired, electrified, and entranced by it. Farhad Humayun was my Pakistani musical hero through my teenage years. Sad to hear he passed away and suffered from cancer so. He will always be the king of the drums. Allah maghfirat farmayein (May Allah forgive him)."
Ace designer Hassan Shehryar Yasin (HSY) took to Instagram to write a eulogy for the departed soul. In his post HSY said:
"This feels so unreal. To write a tribute to a friend I've known for 30 years. From the moment we met, i recognized that Farhad was the talented one, the driven one, and the unstoppable one amongst us all. I admired him. His passion for music was awe-inspiring as was his gentle and kind manner in which he communicated."
Actor Adnan Siddique took to Twitter to offer his condolences:
"Shook to know about the passing away of #FarhadHumayun. A young, talented life snatched by the cruel hands of fate way too soon. Life is so fragile…May Allah grant him a higher place in Jannah. Ameen."
Actor and host Anoushay Ashraf penned a note for Farhad on her Instagram. In her post, she wrote:
"Picking up each time from where we left off last time was our specialty. With you, friendship was effortless. You smiled through all your trials and tribulations and stayed positive to a point that I’m struggling to accept this loss. I always felt you’d get past this, you made us feel that way."