Legendary athlete Milkha Singh, also known as the 'Flying Sikh' passed away on late Friday night(June 18) after a month-long battle with the deadly Coronavirus. He was 91-years-old and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the PGIMER hospital in Chandigarh. He had tested negative for the virus a couple of days back but passed away due to post-COVID complications. His demise comes days after the demise of his wife Nirmal Kaur who had also succumbed to the virus.
Soon after the demise of Milkha Singh, celebrities from the film industry paid their final respect and tribute to the sprinter on social media. In 2013, filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra had made a film on the life of the Flying Sikh with Farhan Akhtar essaying his role. Titled Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, it was one of the biggest hits of the year. Farhan who had spent a lot of time with Milkha Singh during the mking of the film was among the first to pen a heartfelt note for the legend.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) June 19, 2021
Akshay Kumar also expressed grief over the demise of the legend and said that he would always regret not playing him on the big screen.
Incredibly sad to hear about the demise of #MilkhaSingh ji. The one character I forever regret not playing on-screen!
May you have a golden run in heaven, Flying Sikh. Om shanti, Sir ????????
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 19, 2021
Shah Rukh Khan, Taapsee Pannu, Priyanka Chopra, Sunny Deol, Nimrat Kaur, and several others also expressed their grief over the demise of Milkha Singh.
The Flying Sikh may no longer be with us in person but his presence will always be felt and his legacy will remain unmatched... An inspiration to me... an inspiration to millions. Rest in Peace Milkha Singh sir.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 18, 2021
Warm and welcoming, you made our first meeting so so special. I have been inspired by your excellence, touched by your humility, influenced by your contribution to our country. Om Shanti #Milkha ji. Sending love and prayers to the family. #MilkhaSingh
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 18, 2021
And he flew away ????
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 18, 2021
I’ve always been & forever will be a fan of Milkha Singhji, who in his lifetime sped like the wind. Stories of the Flying Sikh are a part of Indian folklore. What a monumental loss. RIP #MilkhaSinghJi ????????
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) June 19, 2021
It takes generations for a Milkha Singh to happen. So fortunate to have lived in the age of this iconic man, the gift of who’s limitless being will remain an inspiration for ages to come. Rest in glory and soar to the heavens above Sir…Satnaam Waheguru #RIPMilkhaSingh pic.twitter.com/3ZFeFBIHEv
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) June 18, 2021
— Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) June 19, 2021
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“अपने आपको मिल्खा सिंह समझता है क्या?” जब कोई शख़्सियत एक मुहावरा बन जाए तो वो उनकी महानता का प्रतीक बन जाता है।मुझे एक दो बार मिल्खा सिंह जी से मिलने का सौभाग्य मिला था।बहुत कम लोगो में ऐसी उदारता देखने को मिलती है।वो हर आयु के लिए प्रेरणा का प्रतीक थे और रहेंगे। ओम शांति!???????? pic.twitter.com/aM4ELxbDHb
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) June 19, 2021
Shri #MilkhaSingh Ji‘s name was and will forever be synonymous with speed. He inspired generations to run & never give up. Extremely saddened to know about his demise. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. #LongLiveFlyingSikh pic.twitter.com/0vAvGORe7d
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) June 19, 2021
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