Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar tweets:
Bahut guni gayika aur Khayyam sahab ki patni Jagjit Kaur ji ka nidhan hua ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua. Mere aur unke bahut acche sambandh the. Unhone Khayyam sahab ka accha saath nibhaaya, unhe bahut sambhala. Unko meri vinamra shraddhanjali.
Raj Sharma, former manager of Khayyam who performed her last rites says, “She was not keeping well for the last 15 days. Her oxygen level had dropped and her organs were also giving up so we had to admit her to the hospital. She passed away this morning.”
Khayyam’s driver and caretaker Yogesh, who attended Jagjit Kaur’s last rites and lived with her for the last two years, still feels her presence. He says, “Her condition in the last 15 days had deteriorated and her recovery was looking difficult. She was like my grandmother, my wife and I took care of her. I was there with her and made sure that nobody troubled her. My first child was born after Khayyam saab passed away and Jagjitji was so happy to see my child. She would hold her and say, ‘Pappaji hote toh bahut khush hote (Had Pappaji been alive, he would have been happy). I wished she lived longer although her health was not good but I didn’t sense that she had given up on life.”