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Singer Lata Mangeshkar. (File Photo: IANS) Image Credit: IANS

Bollywood playback legend Lata Mangeshkar remains hospitalised in Mumbai on Tuesday due to “viral chest congestion”, and was fighting the illness like a “fighter”, according to her family.

The iconic singer was rushed to the Breach Candy Hospital in the early hours of Monday as a “precautionary measure”. Her condition is stable now.

“Lata ji is stable. Her parameters are good. Honestly speaking, she has fought so well that she is coming out of this setback. Being a singer, her lung capacity has pulled her through. Truly a fighter. We will update everyone when Lataji gets discharged and comes home,” her family said.

On Monday, Mangeshkar’s health scare caused a frenzy on social media, where some reports claimed that her condition was critical and some said that she was discharged. Her team had to release a statement to put the record straight.

“Lata Mangeshkar ji had a viral chest congestion. Keeping her age in mind, as a precautionary measure, she has checked in to Breach Candy Hospital in order to ensure antibiotics on time to prevent any more infection. She is stable and recovering,” read the statement.

The iconic singer, who turned 90 on September 28, became a recipient of India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 2001. She has recorded songs in over 36 Indian languages.

Born on September 28, 1929, she has also been honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award and France’s highest civilian award, Officer of the Legion of Honour, besides numerous national and international awards.

In 1974, the Guinness Book of Records ranked her as the most recorded artist in the history. She had reportedly sung over 25,000 songs between 1948 and 1974.

She has given voice to many musical gems such as ‘Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya’ and ‘Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh’, but doesn’t consider herself to be special.

“I never thought of myself as special even when those who have heard and appreciated my singing said I was. For me, the constant effort in life has been to better myself as a person and an artist,” she said in an earlier interview.