India’s legendary sprinter Milkha Singh passed away at the age of 91. He lost his life yesterday night due to post-Covid complications. His family stated, “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.”
Milkha Singh was a legendary personality and was celebrated all over the world for his contribution in sports. Along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, various Bollywood stars also tweeted and paid tribute to the legend. Amitabh Bachchan tweeted and offered his condolences, “In grief .. Milkha Singh passes away .. the pride of India .. a great athlete .. a greater human .. Waheguru di Mehr .. prayers.”
T 3940 – In grief .. Milkha Singh passes away .. the pride of India .. a great athlete .. a greater human ..
Waheguru di Mehr .. prayers 🙏🙏
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 19, 2021
Actor Shahrukh Khan tweeted about Milkha Singh’s death and called him his aspiration. He 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.”
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.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 18, 2021
Other Bollywood stars like Raveena Tandon, Angad Bedi, Neha Dhupia and Priyanka Chopra too expressed their grief over social demise and offered condolences to the family.
Milkha Singh was a popularly referred as ‘The Flying Sikh’. He was awarded with Padmashri, fourth highest civilian award, in 1959. He was the only athlete to win a gold medal in 400 meters race in both Asian as well as Commonwealth games.
The movie, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ was inspired from the his autobiography ‘The Race of my life’. The film was directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and stars Farhan Akhtar in the lead role of Milkha Singh. The movie also stars Sonam Kapoor and Divya Dutta.