Milkha Singh’s wife Nirmal passes away

June 14, 2021 12:00 am | Updated 05:26 am IST - CHANDIGARH

Nirmal Kaur.File Photo

Nirmal Kaur.File Photo

Nirmal Kaur, wife of sprint legend Milkha Singh and former captain of the Indian volleyball team, passed away at a Mohali hospital due to complications from the COVID-19 infection she had contracted last month. She was 85 and is survived by her husband, a son and three daughters.

“We are deeply saddened to inform you that Mrs. Nirmal Milkha Singh passed away after a valiant battle against COVID at 4 p.m. today [Sunday],” a statement from the spokesperson of the Milkha family said.

“A backbone of the Milkha family, she was 85 years old. It is tragic that Milkha Singh could not attend the cremation which was conducted this eveningas he is still in the ICU (of PGIMER in Chandigarh).”

Nirmal was brought to Fortis Hospital at Mohali on May 26, two days after Milkha was admitted to the same facility with COVID pneumonia.

A former Director of Sports for Women in the Punjab Government, Nirmal had fought a valiant battle till the very end, the family spokesperson said. “The family has expressed its grateful thanks to everyone for their solidarity and prayers right through the battle which gave them the strength to face it bravely.”

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