Milkha Singh, one of India’s finest sportsmen, died of Covid-related problems at the age of 91. Singh, often known as “the Flying Sikh,” won four Asian gold medals and placed fourth in the 1960 Rome Olympics 400m final. His narrative was adapted into the Bollywood film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – Run Milkha Run, which was released in 2013. Singh’s wife, Nirmal Kaur, a former volleyball captain, died earlier this week at the age of 85, along with Covid.
Singh caught Covid-19 last month and died of the disease’s consequences at a hospital in Chandigarh’s northern city late on Friday.
The death of great athlete has surprised and moved Bollywood. Aside from admirers, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Sunny Deol, Taapsee Pannu, Rahul Bose, Raveena Tandon, Farhan Akhtar, and others have paid homage to the sprinter, saying that his life has influenced many people. Here’s a collection of their tweets.
Had the honour of meeting you Sir, you will always have a special place in all our hearts ! Whenever we need to be inspired, “bhaag milkhe bhaag,” will resound in our ears ! Om Shanti. 🙏🏼 https://t.co/UZC6chEQg8
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) June 18, 2021
Warm and welcoming, you made our first meeting so so special. I have been inspired by your excellence, touched by your humility, influenced by your contribution to our country. Om Shanti #Milkha ji. Sending love and prayers to the family. #MilkhaSingh
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 18, 2021
The Flying Sikh may no longer be with us in person but his presence will always be felt and his legacy will remain unmatched… An inspiration to me… an inspiration to millions. Rest in Peace Milkha Singh sir.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 18, 2021
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) June 19, 2021
The ‘Flying Sikh’ dies from Covid
Milkha Singh died around 11.30 p.m. on Friday at a nearby hospital. According to a statement from the Chandigarh-based Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, he was being treated for Covid-related problems.
According to the statement, “Legendary Indian Sprinter Shri was admitted to the ICU of PGIMER’s Covid Hospital on June 3rd, 2021. He was under treatment for Covid there until June 13th. Singh Ji tested negative after a valiant battle with Covid. However, he was transferred out of Covid Hospital to a medical ICU owing to post-Covid problems. Despite the greatest efforts of the medical staff, Singh Ji was unable to be rescued from his severe condition. After a valiant struggle, he passed away at 11.30 p.m. at PGIMER,” said Prof Ashok Kumar, PGIMER’s official spokesperson, in a media statement after the legendry sportsmen died.
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