Track legend Milkha Singh passes away at 91


Track legend Milkha Singh passed away on June 18, 2021 due to post-COVID complications.He had tested positive for COVID-19 in May 2021. He was 91. 

Milkha Singh’s family confirmed the news with an official statement that read, “It is with extreme sadness that we would like to inform you that Milkha Singh Ji passed away at 11.30 pm on the 18th of June 2021.” 

The family said that the “legendary sprinter had fought hard, but God has his ways and it was perhaps true love and companionship that both our mother Nirmal Ji and now Dad have passed away in a matter of 5 days.”

The family expressed deep gratitude to the doctors at PGI for their valiant efforts and for the love and prayers they received from across the world. 

Milkha Singh had tested positive for COVID-19 last month and was initially in  isolation at his home in Chandigarh before being admitted to the ICU of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) hospital in Chandigarh.

His wife, Nirmal Milkha Singh succumbed to COVID-19 on June 13. She was 85. He is now survived by one son, Jeev Milkha Singh (a renowned golfer) and three daughters.

Cremation details

Milkha Singh’s mortal remains are currently kept at his Chandigarh residence. The cremation will reportedly take place at 5 pm today in Chandigarh with full state honours.

End of an Era: Nation pays homage to track icon

India lost a colossal sportsperson said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while paying tribute to the legendary sprinter.  His tweet read, “In the passing away of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away.”

President Ram Nath Kovind also paid tributes to the sports icon with a tweet, “The passing of sporting icon Milkha Singh fills my heart with grief. The story of his struggles and strength of character will continue to inspire generations of Indians. My deepest condolences to his family members, and countless admirers.”

WCD Minister Smriti Irani tweeted saying that an era comes to an end as the ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh ji bids adieu to the world. She tweeted, “A legendary sprinter, he was the epitome of dedication, humility & National glory. Milkha Singh Ji’s inspirational journey & contribution to Indian sports will be remember forever. “

Farhan Akhtar, who portrayed the legendary Milkha Singh in the film ” Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” penned a long post paying his tribute to the sporting legend. The actor tweeted saying that the sports icon represented a dream how hard work, honesty and determination can lift a person off his knees and get him to touch the sky. His tweet read,  You have touched all our lives. For tgose who knew you as a father and a friend, it was a blessing. For those who didn’t as a constant source of inspiration and reminder of humility in success. I love you with all my heart.”

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