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Cricket Fraternity Mourns ‘The Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh’s Death

Cricket Fraternity Mourns ‘The Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh’s Death

Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh passed away on June 18 (Friday) due to post-Covid complications. He was being treated at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research.

The 91-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 19 but was in home isolation at his Chandigarh residence after revealing that he was asymptomatic. However, a few days later on May 24, the legendary athlete was admitted to the ICU of Mohali’s Fortis hospital due to “COVID pneumonia”. He was then moved to PGIMER in Chandigarh on June 3.

Milkha Singh passed away five days after his wife Nirmala succumbed to post COVID-19 complications. The family issued an official statement that reads:

“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,” his family announced in a statement.

“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 statement further added.

The hospital has also issued a statement saying that Milkha Singh recovered from COVID19 on June 13 but despite the valiant efforts by the doctors he couldn’t be retrieved completely.

He “was treated for Covid there till 13th June when after putting up a valiant battle with Covid, Milkha Singh Ji tested negative,” the hospital said in a statement.

“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 statement added.

The entire country came to a standstill with the news of Milkha Singh. The cricket fraternity also mourned the death of the legendary Olympian. From Sachin Tendulkar to Suresh Raina, everyone poured heartfelt condolences to his family.

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