Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh passed away on Friday at 11:30 p.m. at his Chandigarh residence after facing post-Covid-19 complications. The 91-year old was being treated at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER). The news of his demise came thirty days after he contracted the Covid -19 virus and five days after his wife Nirmal Kaur passed away.
He had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 19 but he was kept in home isolation after it was revealed that he is asymptomatic. However, a few days later on May 24, the legendary athlete suffered "Covid pneumonia" after which he was admitted to a private hospital but later moved to PGIMER on June 3. Also Read : Nirmal Kaur, Wife Of Legendary Sprinter Milkha Singh Passes Away!
"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," his family announced in a statement. "He 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 statement further added.
He "was treated for Covid there till 13th June when after putting up a valiant battle with Covid, Milkha Singh Ji tested negative," the hospital said in a statement.
"However, due to post-Covid complications, he was shifted out of Covid Hospital to medical ICU. But despite best of the efforts by the medical team, Milkha Singh ji could not be retrieved from his critical condition and after a brave fight, he left for his heavenly abode at 11.30 pm on 18th June 2021 here at PGIMER," the statement added. Also Read : Singer - Actor Gitaz Bindrakhia Shares An Emotional Post On The Demise Of His Cute Pet!
As soon as the news of his demise surfaced several dignitaries mourning over the loss paid their heartfelt condolences. Let’s have a look!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the legendary sprinter. "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," PM Modi tweeted.
"I had spoken to Shri Milkha Singh Ji just a few days ago. Little did I know that it would be our last conversation. Several budding athletes will derive strength from his life journey. My condolences to his family and many admirers all over the world," he added in another tweet.
Indeed, it's a huge loss to the entire nation. Well, we pray to God may his soul rest in peace and give immense strength to his family and friends to bear this loss. Also Read : Neerja Bhanot’s Brother Aneesh Bhanot Passes Away!