New Delhi, June 19: Flying Sikh Milkha Singh breathed his last in Chandigarh late on Friday night. He was 91.
He had tested Covid-19 positive a month back and lost his wife Nirmal Kaur to the virus earlier this week.
Sources said, he was admitted to a private hospital in Mohali on May 24 and had been discharged on May 30 before he was admitted to the Covid ward at the Nehru Hospital Extension at PGIMER on June 3 due to dipping oxygen levels.
The former Indian athlete had tested negative on last Thursday and was shifted to the ICU.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter, “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.”
“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 also added.