Milkha Singh Dead: 91 Years Old 'Flying Sikh' Becomes Victim of COVID-19

Milkha Singh's last rites will be performed today at 5 pm at the crematorium in Sector 25, Chandigarh. His body will be kept at his Sector 8 house till 3 o'clock today for the last glimpse. The wife of 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh also died of Coronavirus.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Jun 19, 2021 09:34 IST
Milkha Singh Dead: 91 Years Old 'Flying Sikh' Becomes Victim of COVID-19
Milkha Singh Dies Of Coronavirus

Milkha Singh, the country's infamous sprinter and athlete who represented India in the world with his achievements, died late on Friday night. After recovering from Coronavirus, Flying Sikh Milkha Singh left this world. This week his wife Nirmal Milkha Singh also died due to Coronavirus, Milkha Singh breathed his last in the 91st year.

At the same time, Nirmal Milkha Singh was 85 years old. Milkha Singh had become COVID-19 negative in the past, but suddenly his health started deteriorating, after which he was admitted to PGI Hospital in Chandigarh. where he died.

Milkha Singh's last rites will be performed today at 5 pm at the crematorium in Sector 25, Chandigarh. His body will be kept at his Sector 8 house till 3 o'clock today for the last glimpse. The wife of 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh also died of Coronavirus.

Milkha Singh could not attend his wife's funeral as was himself in the ICU. Chandigarh's PGIMER Hospital has also informed about his death by issuing a statement. The hospital has said in its statement, "Milkha Singh was admitted to PGIMER Hospital on 3 June. 

His treatment of corona continued here till the 13th. Eventually, his test report came negative. However, later due to post-covid problems, he was admitted to the  ICU from the COVID-19 ward. But even after all the efforts made by the team of doctors, he could not come out of the critical condition and he left for heaven at 11.30 pm on 18th June.

Expressing grief over the death, it has been said, "We have lost a great player." Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has also condoled the death of Milkha Singh by tweeting. He wrote, "Milkha Singh was a great athlete and sporting legend. He had made the country proud with his achievements. He was a brilliant person, till his last breath he contributed in the field of sports. I am saddened by the news of his death. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti.''

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SP chief and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav also expressed grief and said, "The sad news was received about the demise of Milkha Singh ji, famous athlete of India and popularly known as 'Flying Sikh'. May God give peace to his soul and strength to the bereaved family members to bear this loss."

Nitish Kumar has written, "The news of the passing away of Flying Sikh Milkha Singh ji is extremely sad. The nation will always remember his contribution. His death has caused an irreparable loss to the sports world. May God rest the departed soul in peace."

Film actor and Farhan Akhtar, who played the lead role in the film on Milkha Singh, has also expressed condolences. He has written, "A part of my mind is absolutely not ready to accept that you are no more. He might, it's stubbornness. That's the stubbornness that I learned from you."

 

PM Narendra Modi is also saddened by the death of Legend Milka Singh and he has also expressed his grief on Twitter, he wrote, "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 him to millions. Anguished by his passing away."

 

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