The frontman of iconic Pakistani band, Overload, and drummer Farhad Humayun passed away on Tuesday. The ace musician had a music career spanning over two decades.
The news of his demise was announced by his official Facebook page on Tuesday morning:
“The magnificent Farhad Humayun left us for the stars this morning,” it said.
“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 honour him and say a prayer for him today,” the statement further requested to celebrate his life.
“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!” it concluded.
The post did not reveal the cause of his death but Farhad was diagnosed with a brain tumour and he had shared that was being operated on by world’s greatest surgeon”.
Farhad released his last song, Ho Janay Do, in January 2021 in which he talked about surrendering to divine love.
As soon as the news broke out, his peers and fellow musicians shared heartfelt messages and prayers for the departed soul. Overload’s former lead vocalist Meesha Shafi paid tribute to the late musician, remembering the good times.
Thinking only of the good times we shared.
My career in music began with Overload.
We were at loggerheads at times but made some undeniably good music on the way. This is just one of those brilliant songs. Sharing this in your memory.
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) June 8, 2021
Very sad news tonight. Dear Friend & Innovative percussionist , talented composer of #OVERLOAD Farhad Humayun. https://t.co/U6ibVRhLxS beloved son of Naveed & Shahzad Humayun. Inna lilla hai wainna alaihay rajeoon
— salman ahmad (@sufisal) June 8, 2021
— Abbas Ali Khan (@abbasalikhan) June 8, 2021
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 higher place in Jannah . Ameen 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/evWrlgC4ys
— Adnan Siddiqui (@adnanactor) June 8, 2021
I feel like I woke up into a parallel universe.
I wish for most people to rest in ever lasting peace when they meet their maker. But you, Fadi Bhai – You just go up there and make a riot, k?
Heartfelt condolences to Farhad’s family and close friends. #farhadhumayun #RIP pic.twitter.com/W1BpjUTuDP
— Natasha Humera Ejaz (@Natasha_H_Ejaz) June 8, 2021
Today I choose to celebrate your life even more than I ever have in the past. You are and always will be the only one of your kind. Gone too soon my dear friend. Rest in power till we meet again. #FarhadHumayun إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رٰجِعونَ pic.twitter.com/NzDbiXKzeS
— Faysal Quraishi (@faysalquraishi) June 8, 2021
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 with cancer so. He will always be the king of the drums. Allah maghfirat farmayein. pic.twitter.com/yUSPzxoqE5
— Mooroo (@Mooroo4) June 8, 2021
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. pic.twitter.com/MODrRJzX6u
— Taimur Rahman (@Taimur_Laal) June 8, 2021
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May his soul rest in peace (Ameen).