As news of ace guitarist Aamir Zaki’s passing spread, Pakistani celebrities and fans alike took to social media to express their grief and sorrow.
Aamir Zaki, passed away due to heart failure on Friday, his family and friends confirmed. He was 49. According to brother Shahid Zaki, he had been suffering from prolonged illness for quite some time.
Born in Saudi Arabia in 1968, Zaki started playing the guitar at age 14. He was popularly known for a short stint with the Vital Signs in 1994 when he toured with the band before being asked to leave. He then pursued a solo career and launched his debut album Signature in 1995, which became an instant hit. He was awarded a Soundcraft Gold Disc for his album, from which the song Mera Pyaar became a massive hit.
The elusive Zaki who made his debut on Coke Studio on 2014, was last seen performing at the two-day long I Am Karachi Music Festival. He also spent most of his time collaborating with other musicians.
He will forever be remembered as one of the most talented guitar players to have come out of Pakistan.
Musicians, celebrities and fans across the country took to social media to express their condolences:
A nation is bound together by the creative artists and not by parallel lines of rusting steel. #AmirZaki ‘s demise is a great loss
— Zia Moheyuddin (@MaamoliAadmi) June 2, 2017
Amir Zaki, Raees Khan, Junaid Jamshed , Amjad Sabri…Kya bashar ki bisaat aaj hai kal nahin (RIP)
— salman ahmad (@sufisal) June 3, 2017
— Hadiqa Kiani (@Hadiqa_Kiani) June 2, 2017
This story is sadder becoz Pak never witnessed his true potential or appreciated him. A lifelong struggle. Free at last. Rip Aamir Zaki.
— Anoushey Ashraf (@Anoushey_a) June 2, 2017
Can’t believe. Exceptional musician. God bless his soul. https://t.co/R7lYue17mB
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) June 2, 2017
friend, teacher, musical genius and one of my favourite guitar players of all time, Aamir Zaki, has passed away in Karachi, so long brother
— Faisal Rafi (@faisalrafi) June 2, 2017
life’s so short – RIP #AmirZaki arguably the best guitar player from Pakistan
— Bilal Khan (@bilalkhan) June 2, 2017
‘Yeh awaz sun le na mera geeton mein tum.’ #AamirZaki
— Madeeha Syed (@madeehasyed) June 2, 2017
Mera pyar, tum hi ho…
— Patari (@patarimusic) June 2, 2017
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) June 2, 2017
— HUMAIMA MALICK (@HumaimaMalick) June 2, 2017
— Saima Mohsin (@SaimaMohsin) June 2, 2017
— Fahad Malik (@Fahad4014) June 3, 2017