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Marking Nazia Hassan’s 53rd birthday, Google has honoured the powerful music icon of Pakistan with its renowned ‘Doodle’ sketch.

“When young Pakistani girls in the 1980s closed their eyes and clutched a pretend mic in their hands, swaying and singing, a major inspiration was Nazia Hassan,” a statement from Google said.

In the past, Google has honoured other legendary Pakistanis such as Abdul Sattar Edhi, Noor Jehan, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, amongst others.

Nazia Hassan

“Hassan, sometimes referred to as the ‘Princess of Pop,’ was a sensation the likes of which hadn’t been seen in the region in years,” the statement added further. “Young and graceful, with long flowing hair, she charmed the country by belting out favourite songs Disco Deewane and Boom Boom alongside her brother Zohaib.”

The singer, who was perhaps most known for her upbeat disco-inspired hits, passed away in 2000 at the age of 35 after battling lung cancer. Nazia is survived by her son, Aarez Hassan.