Milkha Singh”The Flying Sikh” Passes away at 91 due to COVID Complications

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh Independent India’s first sporting superstar dies at 91

Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh died on Friday due to post-Covid complications. He was being treated at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research.

The 91-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 19 but was in home isolation at his Chandigarh residence after revealing that he was asymptomatic. However, a few days later on May 24, the legendary athlete was admitted to the ICU of Mohali’s Fortis hospital due to “COVID pneumonia”. He was then moved to PGIMER in Chandigarh on June 3.

Milkha Singh’s death came five days after his wife Nirmal also died due to post-Covid complications at the age of 85 on June 13.

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Milkha Singh Family in Extreme Sadness announced his Death in a Statment

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 struggled a lot but God has his ways and maybe it was true love and companionship that our mother Nirmal ji and now father both passed away in a matter of 5 days.

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.

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 him 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.

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh

  • Popularly known as the ‘Flying Sikh’ made a name for himself in track and field by winning four gold medals at the Asian Games. He also won a gold medal at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff.
  • He narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal, finishing fourth at the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Games.
  • Milkha Singh finished the race in a time of 45.73 seconds. It remained a national record for nearly 40 years before Paramjeet Singh surpassed it in 1998.
  • Milkha Singh had also taken part in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics.
  • He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, in recognition of his sporting achievements.

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