Indian sprint legend Milkha Singh died on Friday after a month-long battle with Covid-19, PTI reported. He was 91.
The news comes in the week where former national volleyball captain Nirmal Kaur, wife of Milkha Singh, had died on Sunday after contracting the virus.
“He breathed his last at 11.30pm,” a family spokesperson told PTI.
Milkha’s condition turned critical this evening as he developed complications, including fever and dipping oxygen saturation levels, after a bout with Covid-19, in the Intensive Care Unit of the PGIMER hospital in Mohali.
“It is with extreme sadness that we would like to inform you that Milkha Singh Ji passed away. 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 five days,” said a statement from Milkha Singh’s family according to ANI.
The Padma Shri awardee had contracted Covid-19 last month and tested negative for the virus on Wednesday when he was shifted to general ICU in another block of the hospital.
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Milkha had been stable before Thursday evening, as per the previous bulletins.
His 85-year-old wife Nirmal, who had also been infected by the virus, passed away at a private hospital in Mohali on Sunday.
Milkha was admitted to PGIMER on June 3 after his oxygen levels dipped at home following treatment at the Fortis hospital in Mohali for a week.
The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and the 1958 Commonwealth Games champion (440 yards race for men) but his greatest performance remains the fourth-place finish in the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Olympics.
He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.
Tributes poured in for the legendary athlete on Friday night:
With PTI inputs