Kuly was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2011 and underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy. At the time of his death, he was receiving treatment at a specialised clinic in Houston.
Kuly along with his brothers Manj and Surj gave many blockbuster hits like ‘Shera Di Kaum Punjabi’ from Speedy Singhs, ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’, ‘Aloo Chaat' and the latest and most popular song, ‘Sadi Gali’ from the film Tanu weds Manu.
Kuly Ral also worked with international artist Snoop Dogg, and Bollywood star, Akshay Kumar.
After hearing about the sad demise of the singer, Akshay Kumar tweeted, "Just heard about Kuly from RDB's sudden demise. Still reeling from the shock of the news. Such a talented guy, was behind some awesome chartbusters for many of my films. My heartfelt condolences to the RDB family. RIP Kuly."