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RIP Milkha Singh: Bollywood Mourns Demise of Legendary Sprinter

The demise of former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh came as a bolt from the blue for his fans.

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Legendary sprinter Milkha Singh passes away-(PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The demise of former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh came as a bolt from the blue for his fans. Several celebrities from Bollywood expressed grief on the passing away of the legend.

Singh, 91, passed away at 11:30 pm on Friday in Chandigarh. He had tested positive for COVID-19 in May this year.

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Taking to his official Twitter handle, actor Akshay Kumar expressed deep condolences on the demise of track legend and wrote, ”Incredibly sad to hear about the demise of #MilkhaSingh ji. The one character I forever regret not playing on-screen! May you have a golden run in heaven, Flying Sikh. Om shanti, Sir.”

Mourning the demise of the former athlete and recalling how his aura made their first meeting special, global icon Priyanka Chopra wrote, ”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”.

Paying an emotional tribute to Singh, superstar Shah Rukh Khan penned, ”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.”

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Taapsee Pannu seems to have been numb by the sad news of the demise of India’s ‘Flying Singh’ as she wrote, “And he flew away,” with a broken heart emoticon.

Calling him ‘the pride of India’, Megastar Amitabh Bachchan wrote, ”In grief .. Milkha Singh passes away .. the pride of India .. a great athlete .. a greater human .. Waheguru di Mehr .. prayers.”

Penning a heartfelt tribute for Singh, actor Anupam Kher wrote, ”Do you consider yourself Milkha Singh?” When a person becomes a phrase, it becomes a symbol of his greatness. I had the privilege of meeting Milkha Singh ji a couple of times. Very few people get such generosity. He is a symbol of inspiration for every age. were and will be. om Shanti!”

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Recalling meeting the icon at his home, actor Anil Kapoor penned, ”Milkha Singh ji welcomed us into his home and his lovely wife fed us the most unforgettable aloo parathas I’ve ever had… He truly was an incredible sportsman, phenomenal host and above all an amazing human being… will be truly & deeply missed…”

Earlier today, the bereaved family informed about the death of the former Indian Sprinter, also known as the Flying Sikh, in a statement.

“It is with extreme sadness that we would like to inform you that Milkha Singh Ji passed away. 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 family said.

The former Indian sprinter had tested positive for COVID-19 last month and was in isolation at his home in Chandigarh before he was admitted to the ICU of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) hospital in Chandigarh.

He is survived by one son and three daughters. His son Jeev Milkha Singh is also a renowned Golfer.

Singh’s wife and former Captain of the Indian Women National Volleyball team, Nirmal Milkha Singh succumbed to COVID-19 at the age of 85 on June 13.

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