Legendary Milkha Singh passed away due to Covid complications. The Flying Sikh won four Asian Games gold medals and became India's first Commonwealth Games champion in 1958. Being honoured with the Padma Shri, he is regarded as one of India's highest civilian honours.
Source: The Indian Express
Five days ago, Milkha’s wife, Nirmal Kaur, a former India volleyball captain, had lost her battle with the virus at the same Mohali hospital where the legendary runner breathed his last. Milkha is survived by 14-time international winner and golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh, daughters Mona Singh, Sonia Singh and Aleeza Grover — and a legacy that is part of India’s sporting lore.
Singh developed the symptoms of Covid-19 last month and was being treated at a hospital in India's northern city of Chandigarh. He died late Friday after developing complications including fever and dropping oxygen saturation levels.
The family statement said,
"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."
"We have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation's imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions."
Singh represented India in 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics. At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Singh famously lost the 400 meters race in a photo finish. He came fourth with a time of 45.73 seconds -- an Indian national record that stood for 40 years. But the regret of not winning an Olympic medal always haunted him.