Voice of India star drowns in Maldives

Colombo, July 29:

Indian celebrity singer Ishmeet Singh drowned today in a Maldivian resort, a hotel official said.

Singh, 20, had been frolicking in a shallow pool meant for children and later jumped into the deep-end of the main swimming pool and immediately ran into difficulty, an official of the Dhonveli resort said.

“We understand that he did not know how to swim and had been advised by his friends not to get to the deep end,” a hotel official said when contacted from Colombo. His body was taken to the capital island Male, about half-an-hour by speed boat.

He had arrived in the Indian Ocean atoll nation earlier today to sing at a musical concert on Friday. He had won the “Voice of India” singing competition organised by the Star television network and shot to stardom in November.