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Milkha Singh’s wife Nirmal passes away; son Jeev says family lost its backbone

A file photo of Nirmal Milkha Singh with her husband Milkha Singh. Photo: @JeevMilkhaSingh/Twitter

Chandigarh, June 13 (MNN) Nirmal Milkha Singh, wife of legendary ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh, passed away on Sunday evening at a private hospital in SAS Nagar adjoining Chandigarh after fighting a battle against COVID-19. She was 85.

She is survived by her husband, a son and three daughters. Her son Jeev Milkha Singh is an international golfer.

Jeev Milkha Singh posted on his Twitter handle: “The Milkha family lost its backbone today. Mom taught us to be humble and be good human beings above everything else.

“We can never thank her enough for everything she did for us and the unconditional love she showered…every day. Thank you all for the prayers and kind messages.”

He also posted an old photograph of his late mother with her husband.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh condoled the demise of Nirmal, who was a former captain of Indian women’s volleyball team.

“I am saddened to learn about the death of one of the iconic volleyball players who brought several laurels for the country and making every Punjabi proud,” he said in his condolence message.

He said the remarkable services rendered by Nirmal Milkha Singh as Director of Sports, Punjab, for the promotion of sports would be remembered by one and all.

Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi also condoled the demise of Nirmala Milkha Singh. “I am deeply saddened to learn about the death of Nirmal Milkha Singh, which is extremely shocking and unfortunate,” the Minsiter said.

Indian athletics icon Milkha Singh had also tested positive for coronavirus in May and is admitted in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research here for treatment.

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