Legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh passes away aged 91, five days after wife’s death


Legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh has passed away aged 91 due to post-COVID complications, days after his 85-year-old wife Nirmal Kaur died battling coronavirus. Both Milkha Singh and his wife had tested positive for the virus. The legendary athlete was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the PGIMER hospital in Chandigarh.

Milkha Singh had tested positive for the virus last month but was moved to the ICU on Wednesday after his test results came negative. On Thursday, his condition began to deteriorate after he developed a fever and oxygen saturation dipped.

As expected, tributes began to pour in for the celebrated athlete.

Known as ‘Flying Sikh,’ Milkha Singh was a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion. However, his most notable performance came when he finished the fourth-place in the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Olympics.

He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1959.

Farhan Akhtar had played his character in the legend’s Bollywood biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which had become a huge commercial success.