Shankar died in the night of April 26, 1987 due to a massive heart attack as known from his family source. The world came to know about his death a day after the cremation was over.
As their public tributes, the showman Raj Kapoor attributed the musical success of his movies to Shankar Jaikishan, and singer Lata Mangeshkar termed him as the best of the best composers. But Shankar was no more.
Shankar being escorted to receive Padmashree award from Indian Government