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Kuli (Kuldeep) belonging to the Bhangra group RDB (Rhythm Bass Dhol) passed away on May 22, 2012.    He was diagnosed with brain tumor was was undergoing radio and chemotherapy.   Kuli, who was just 35 years, was being treated in Houston, USA where he spent his last moments fighting cancer.

The bhangra group RDB comprised of the three brothers Kuly, Manj and Surj, (short for Kuldeep, Manjeet and Surjeet Rai).  They used to play the tabla and harmonium at young age.  The group then went onto blending western beats to traditional Punjabi music and became a huge success all over but especially in the UK.  RDB would then further step into Bollywood and churn out blockbuster songs like Singh is King and Rafta Rafta.

PlanetPunjab expresses its deep condolences.

The Bhangra and Punjabi music fraternity expressed its condolences at this shocking incident.  Many celebrities expressed their feeling on Twitter:

DJ SANJ :  My heart goes out to kully and the whole rdb family. Great loss to the friends and family that knew him.

Jazzy B
sad news 4 da music kuly RDB left us.malak ohnu apne charna wich niwas bakshey. Family nu bhana manan da bal bakshey.R.I.P bro u b missd.

Sukshinder Shinda
Sadden to hear about our brother kully @RDB . He was such a great person having such talent and very humble #RIPkulyRDB

Aman Hayer
Just woke up and heard about Kully RDB passing away. Totally shocked. May waheguru rest your soul brother.

Akshay Kumar
Just heard about Kuly from RDB’s sudden demise. Still reeling from the shock of the news. Such a talented guy

Metz N Trix
Rest in peace Kuly we gonna miss you bro..!!:( our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family..!! :((

Jay Sean
Just found out some v sad news that Kuly from @RDB passed away. I did some shows with u boys, I’m so love n thoughts go to u n fam.

Rest in peace kully singh of @RDB

Dj Surinder Rattan
my brother kully rdb has passed away.. god bless his family…i will neva forget hin.. hes was and is my ppl..

Bilz Music
Just got news about Kully from @RDB omg my jaw dropped! Very sorry to hear this news, my condolences to the family! R.I.P 🙁

Ameet Chana
Sad sad news about kully @rdbtv … Rest in Peace bro. Sending thoughts and condolences to all RDB family, friends and global fans


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