A few days after Milkha Singh was tested negative for the COVID-19 and also being shifted out of ICU passed away after complications at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Friday.
The four-time Asian Games champion was admitted to a private hospital at Mohali on 24th May. After that, he was again taken to the COVID ward in PGIMER due to his dipping oxygen levels.
His death came after his wife Nirmala died five days ago due to COVID-19.
Milkha Singh’s family announced by saying, “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.”
Also adding, “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.”
The hospital gave a statement, “He was treated for Covid there till 13th June when after putting up a valiant battle with Covid, Milkha Singh Ji tested negative.”
Adding to it, “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 Ji could not be retrieved from his critical condition, and after a brave fight, he left for his heavenly abode at 11.30 pm on 18th June 2021 here at PGIMER.”
The Prime Minister also tweeted in response due to the athlete’s death.
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 18, 2021
The passing of sporting icon Milkha Singh fills my heart with grief. The story of his struggles and strength of character will continue to inspire generations of Indians. My deepest condolences to his family members, and countless admirers.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) June 18, 2021
Upset and saddened to hear of Milkha Singh Ji’s demise. It marks the end of an era and India & Punjab are poorer today. My condolences to the bereaved family & millions of fans. The legend of the Flying Sikh will reverberate for generations to come. Rest in peace Sir! pic.twitter.com/7yK8EOHUnS
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) June 18, 2021
Also with many other sports fanatics mourning the loss of Milkha Singh tweeted:
Dark clouds of sadness prevail with the demise of my idol and inspiration Milkha Singhji. His story of sheer determination and hard work inspired millions and will continue to do so. As a tribute to him, students of Usha School paid homage to the legend.
Rest in Peace ? pic.twitter.com/mLBQQ2ge3v
— P.T. USHA (@PTUshaOfficial) June 19, 2021
We may not have seen you compete, but every time we ran fast as kids, we ran 'like Milkha Singh'. And for me, that will always be the legend you leave behind. You didn't just run, you inspired. Rest in peace, sir. #MilkhaSingh pic.twitter.com/SbwrqJJHx9
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 19, 2021
— Mary Kom OLY (@MangteC) June 19, 2021
Milkha Singh was born in Gobindpura, now present-Tajikistan, in 1929, who first won a Gold medal in the British Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in 1958, a long record for over 50 years.