Legendary sprinter Milkha Singh left for the heavenly abode on June 18, 2021, and his demise has shocked the nation. As tributes pour in for the ‘Flying Singh’ from fans, friends, family and politicians, many are remembering his legacy. Akshay Kumar, Surbhi Jyoti and other celebrities also expressed sadness on learning about the death of the legend. The Raksha Bandhan actor took to his social media handle to pay a heartfelt tribute to the Flying Sikh and also expressed his condolences.
Taking to Twitter, Akshay wrote, “Incredibly sad to hear about the demise of #MilkhaSingh ji. The one character I forever regret not playing on-screen! May you have a golden run in heaven, Flying Sikh. Om shanti, Sir.” The Khiladi star also expressed how he regretted not playing the legendary sprinter on screen in his biopic. Milkha Singh passed away 5 days after the death of his wife Nirmal Kaur. The sprinter was admitted to the PGIMER for treatment. However, he succumbed after a long battle with COVID 19.
Incredibly sad to hear about the demise of #MilkhaSingh ji. The one character I forever regret not playing on-screen!
May you have a golden run in heaven, Flying Sikh. Om shanti, Sir 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 19, 2021
Celebrities such as Aasif Sheikh, Surbhi Jyoti and others have mourned his shocking demise on Twitter. “Heartbreaking to heart the news of #MilkhaSingh ji’s demise. Rest in peace sir,” Aasif tweeted. “Flying Sikh is no more. You were one of your kind. Rest in peace our hero,” Surbhi tweeted. Harbhajan Singh wrote, “Very sad,heartbreaking to hear flying sikh Sardar Milkha singh ji is no more.. Folded handsFolded hands waheguru.”
Heartbreaking to heart the news of #MilkhaSingh ji’s demise. Rest in peace sir. 🙏🏻
— Aasif Sheikh (@iaasifsheikh) June 18, 2021
— Surbhi Jyoti (@SurbhiJtweets) June 18, 2021
Very sad,heartbreaking to hear flying sikh Sardar Milkha singh ji is no more.. 🙏🙏 waheguru 🙏🙏 #RIPMilkhaSinghji
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 18, 2021
Milkha Singh was born in Layalpur, in undivided India and now in Pakistan. His love with athletics began after he enrolled himself with the EME Corps of the Indian Army. He became popular when he clocked 45.6 seconds to finish fourth at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games. Until that time, it was the closest that an Indian athlete had come to winning an individual Olympic medal.