Heartbreaking news: Flying Sikh Milkha Leaves For Heavenly Abode. (PM Modi Leads Tributes As India Mourns “Colossal” Milkha Singh)Tributes have been pouring in for legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh who died on Friday after a month-long battle with Covid-19. Milkha, 91, popularly known as ‘Flying Sikh’, breathed his last at 11.30 PM on Friday, merely five days after his wife and former India volleyball captain Nirmal Kaur died due to Covid-19 in Chandigarh. Milkha, a four-time Asian Games gold-medallist and the 1958 Commonwealth Games champion was admitted in the ICU of Covid Hospital of PGIMER on June 3 and was treated for Covid there till June 13 when after putting up a battle with Covid Milkha Singh tested negative. “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 could not be retrieved from his critical condition”, said Ashok Kumar, official spokesperson for the PGIMER.”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. 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. We are deeply indebted to the doctors at PGI for their valiant efforts and the love and prayers we received from across the world and from yourselves,” read a statement from the family.@narendramodiIn 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. 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.
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