Legendary athlete Milkha Singh's death comes as shock to the entire nation. Fans, well-wishers including Bollywood celebrities took to Twitter to express their grief. The Twitterati poured their heartfelt tributes to 'the Flying Sikh'.
PM Narendra Modi on Twitter paid tribute, he wrote: "In the passing away of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, 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. Anguished by his passing away." He added “I had spoken to Shri Milkha Singh Ji just a few days ago. Little did I know that it would be our last conversation. Several budding athletes will derive strength from his life journey. My condolences to his family and many admirers all over the world."
India's Union Home Minister Amit Shah also took to Twitter to express grief, he tweeted: "India mourns the sad demise of legendary sprinter Shri Milkha Singh Ji, The Flying Sikh. He has left an indelible mark on world athletics. Nation will always remember him as one of the brightest stars of Indian sports. My deepest condolences to his family and countless followers."
Bollywood also poured their tribute, Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: 3940 - In grief .. Milkha Singh passes away .. the pride of India .. a great athlete .. a greater human .. Waheguru di Mehr .. prayers
Shahrukh Khan tweeted: “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.
Milkha Singh had tested positive for coronavirus on May 19 and was in home isolation but later was admitted to the ICU of Mohali's Fortis Hospital after developing COVID pneumonia and was later moved to PGIMER on June 3. He breathed last on 18 June.