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Milkha Singh Dies At 91; Bollywood Expresses Grief

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has taken many legends from us and Olympic sprinter, Milkha Singh is the latest to lose his life to COVID-19 complications. He was 91 years old. The sports icon who was lovingly known as The Flying Sikh died late on Friday night. The heartbreaking news was broken to the world by his son, golfer Jeev Milkha Singh. Singh had been admitted to the intensive care unit at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMR) in Chandigarh. Not only did the icon win four Asian gold medals but he also finished fourth in the 400m final at the Rome Olympics in 1960. A biopic on his life was made starring actor Farhan Akhtar. Titled Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the film was a massive hit. Condolences have poured in for the legendary field and track star on social media.

“A part of me is still refusing to accept that you are no more. Maybe it’s the stubborn side I inherited from you.. the side that when it sets it’s mind on something, just never gives up. And the truth is that you will always be alive. Because you were more than a large hearted, loving, warm, down to earth man. You represented an idea. You represented a dream. You represented (to use your own words) how hard work, honesty and determination can lift a person off his knees and get him to touch the sky. You have touched all our lives. For those who knew you as a father and a friend, it was a blessing. For those who didn’t, your story was as a constant source of inspiration and a reminder of humility in success. I love you with all my heart,” Akhtar wrote in a post which was shared on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

“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,” shared Priyanka Chopra on Twitter while Akshay Kumar shared that he was feeling “incredibly sad” and hoped that the “flying Sikh” would have a “golden run in Heaven”.

Shah Rukh Khan, who makes rare appearances on social media, also shared his condolences. “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 (sic),” he wrote.