Tuesday, 19 October 2021

The Flying Sikh Flies to Heaven

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Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh passed away today due to post-Covid complications.

The Flying Sikh was admitted to the ICU of a hospital in Mohali on the 24th of May. He tested positive for COVID-19 on the 19th of May and was later moved into home isolation after learning that he was asymptomatic.

The legendary athlete was later admitted to Mohali's Fortis hospital ICU due to COVID. His death comes five days after his wife Nirmal's death which was also because of post-Covid complications.

The Flying Sikh left behind three daughters Dr. Mona Singh, Aleeza Grover, Sonia Sanwalka, and son Jeev Milkha, who is a golfer.

His family announced in a statement,

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.

Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER, expressed his deepest condolences and explained that post-covid complications, The Flying Sikh was shifted to ICU. Despite the best efforts of the team, he could not be stabilized.

Read More: Milkha Singh Discharged from Hospital in Stable Condition

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, paid tribute to the legendary sprinter. PM Modi tweeted,

Popularly referred to as The Flying Sikh, he won four gold medals at the Asian Games and won gold at the 1958 Commonwealth Games.

Milkha Singh also took part in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics. 

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'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' was a biopic made on The Flying Sikh in 2013 by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and was played by Farhan Akhtar. It chronicled his journey from childhood till his final showdown with his Pakistani rival Abdul Khaliq in a friendly race.

He also featured in a documentary made by an Indian filmmaker S.P. Ganguli and cinematographer Deepak Haldankar in 1970, titled 'The Flying Sikh - Milkha Singh'. It focused on his life post-retirement.

He was awarded Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honor, in 1959.

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