‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh passes away at 91

30 days after he contracted the coronavirus, Flying Sikh 91-year-old Milkha Singh breathed his last at PGIMER on Friday night.

His wife Nirmal Kaur passed away just five days ago due to the same illness.

“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,” a statement released by Singh’s family read.

The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion 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.

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