PETALING JAYA: The late Datuk Sharifah Aini's mother Sharifah Noor Syed Ahmad (pic) is devastated over the loss of her daughter, saying that "it should have been me."
In an interview with Malay entertainment portal Murai, Sharifah Noor said she had more illnesses than her 61-year-old daughter.
Sharifah Noor said she went home early after she believed her daughter showed signs of recovery.
"In fact before I left for home, I told her: 'I love you Aini', and she nodded her head.
"I thought her nod meant that she was okay.
“But it was in fact the opposite.
“I rushed back to the hospital to see her, but by the time I reached there she was already gone," said Sharifah Noor on Saturday.
"Maybe she nodded because she didn't want to make things difficult for me. It's so sad, very sad indeed," she said.
Sharifah Aini who turned 61 last Wednesday, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Damansara Specialist Hospital on Tuesday for breathing difficulties and breathed her last at 1.26am on Saturday.
Sharifah, fondly known as Kak Pah, began her career as a singer after winning the RTS (Radio Television Singapore) Talentime Contest through her song 'Tiga Malam' in 1968 at the age of 15.
Two years later at the age of 17, Sharifah Aini had her first album "Seri Dewi Malam" and this was followed by the album "Kekasih Pujaan" also in the same year.
The star who began singing at the age of seven and had produced albums after albums continuously in both Bahasa Malaysia and English.
She produced a total of 93 albums, seven of which were English albums, with the last produced in 2006 which was a compilation album entitled "Timeless".
Besides singing, Sharifah Aini began to be involved in acting at the age of 23 with her first film 'Hapuslah Airmatamu' together with famous Indonesian singer, the late Broery Marantika, in 1976, and two years later appeared in the film 'Sumber Ilhamku', 'Bintang Pujaan' (1981), 'Diva Popular' (2006) and 'Penanggal' (2012).
The legendary singer was also accorded the title 'National Songstress' in 2006, which is the highest national award for a female singer in recognition of her contributions to the music industry, people and nation.