Sonam Sherpa, the "backbone" of the popular Indian band Parikrama, died on Friday. He was 48. Sonam Sherpa was the founding member and the lead guitarist of Parikrama. Describing Sonam's death as "sudden, " the band wrote on social media: "With a very heavy heart, we regret to inform the sudden demise of our backbone, Mr. Sonam Sherpa . It's very very tough to lose a band mate, a brother and a mentor. Thank you all for all your messages and tributes to Sonam, he sure will have a great gig in the sky. Farewell my friend." Sonam Sherpa reportedly died of cardiac arrest. He co-founded Parikrama in June, 1991. He was also a founding member of the bands Mrigya and North East Express.
With a very heavy heart, we regret to inform the sudden demise of our backbone, Mr. SONAM Sherpa . It's very very tough to lose a band mate, a brother and a mentor .— p a r i k r a m a (@parikrama) February 14, 2020
Thank you all for all your messages and tributes… https://t.co/vkxRz2r8cA
Farhan Akhtar, who performed with the guitarist in the past, also paid a tribute to him on social media. The actor shared an emotional note on Instagram, in which he described Sonam Sherpa as "a gifted guitarist, a supremely cool guy and a true rock star." Farhan shared a photo of himself and Sonam performing on stage and recalled the time when he performed with Parikrama in 2008. Music composer Ehsaan Noorani also mourned Sonam Sherpa. He shared a picture of him on Twitter and remembered him with these words: "Eternal rocker awesome guitarist and a lovely guy, Sonam Sherpa has gone into the light... Will remember the jams and the hang outs."