The legendary sprinter Milkha Singh passed away on Friday (18th June), at 11:30pm after a month long battle with COVID-19. He was 91.
Milkha Singh 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 family said, “The legendary sprinter 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 are deeply indebted to the doctors at PGI for their valiant efforts and the love and prayers we received from across the world and from yourselves,” Family added.
The former Indian sprinter had tested positive for COVID-19 last month and was in isolation at his home in Chandigarh before he was admitted to the ICU of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) hospital in Chandigarh.
The legendary athlete is a four time asian games gold medalist and 1958 commonwealth games champion. He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.