New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh passed away late Friday night due to post-COVID-19 complication. The 91-year-old had tested coronavirus positive on May 19 and immediately underwent home quarantine at his Chandigarh residence. The legendary athlete was tested asymptomatic, however, on May 24 he was admitted to the ICU of Fortis Hospital, Mohali due to COVID pneumonia. His death came five days after his wife Nirmal Milkha Singh, who also died due to post-COVID-19 complications.

As soon as the news of Milkha Singh's demise broke out, it sent shockwaves in the entire nation. PM Narendra Modi, the sports fraternity and several B-town celebrities, including Farhan Akhtar, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Chhetri, paid tributes to 'The Flying Sikh' on their social media handle.

PM Modi tweeted, "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."

In another tweet, PM added, "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."



Farhan Akhtar, who starred in his biopic Milkha Singh, dropped a long note expressing his shock, love and respect towards the legendary athlete. Taking to Instagram, he wrote, "A part of me is still refusing to accept that you are no more. Maybe it’s the stubborn side I inherited from you.. the side that when it sets it’s mind on something, just never gives up. And the truth is that you will always be alive. Because you were more than a large hearted, loving, warm, down to earth man."

 
 
 
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SRK tweeted, "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."

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."

Akshay Kumar 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."

Sachin Tendulkar, "Rest in Peace our very own ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh ji. Your demise has left a deep void in every Indian’s heart today, but you shall keep inspiring several generations to come."


Gautam Gambhir tweeted, "The Flying Sikh has flown away but the legend shall live on forever! #MilkhaSingh"

Sunil Chhetri tweeted, "We may not have seen you compete, but every time we ran fast as kids, we ran 'like Milkha Singh'. And for me, that will always be the legend you leave behind. You didn't just run, you inspired. Rest in peace, sir. #MilkhaSingh"

Here have a look at the reactions: 

 

The legendary athlete Milkha Singh is a four-time Asian Games gold-medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion. To date, he is the only Indian athlete to win Gold in the Asian and Commonwealth Championship. Popularly known as The Flying Sikh, was awarded the Padma Shri in recognition of his sporting achievements.

 

Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv