According to reports, Milkha Singh,91 India’s Legendary Athlete Dies From Covid-19 Complications.
He died late Friday June 18, after developing complications including fever and dropping oxygen saturation levels. He is said to have died just a few days after his wife died.
The family in a statement said;
“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,”
Nirmal Kaur, his wife who prior to her death was a former national volleyball captain, also died of the virus last Sunday.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on Twitter saying ;
“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 himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away”
“The story of his struggles and strength of character will continue to inspire generations of Indians,”
Singh won four Asian Games gold medals and became India’s first Commonwealth Games champion in 1958. The following year, Singh was honored with the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honors.