LAHORE: Pakistani singer Farhad Humayun, the founder of the iconic Pakistani band ‘Overload’, has died due to an unknown cause.
The news was announced by the band’s official Facebook page which read: “The magnificent Farhad Humayun left us for the stars this morning. 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. 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.” The post did not mention the cause of Humayun’s death but in 2018 he revealed that he had a brain tumour that was being operated on by the “world’s greatest surgeon”.
Humayun was born in Jersey and grew up in the Gulberg area of Lahore and studied at Aitchison College till secondary school. He went to the National College of Arts in Lahore where he did his Bachelors in Fine Arts in Painting.
He also studied audio engineering in London at the Recording Workshop in Ladbroke Grove, London. Farhad started playing drums at age 14 and quickly built a name for himself in the underground movement in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad in the early 1990s.
Humayun had recorded drums and toured with major Pakistani rock acts such as Noori and Fuzön and served as the house band drummer for Coke Studio (Pakistani season 5) in 2012.