Wrestling Legend Dara Singh Passes Away

Former professional wrestler, Bollywood actor and Rajya Sabha MP Dara Singh, the man who put India permanently on the wrestling map all over the world has passed away, after a brief illness at his home in Mumbai. The former world champion, who was 83 years old, had not been keeping well since the turn of the year but it was only recently that his condition deteriorated and he was admitted to a private hospital on the 7th of July.

Such was his condition that he had to be put on life support and on the 11th of July, his family was told to prepare themselves for the inevitable as the doctors considered The Gentle Giant to have passed beyond the reaches of medicine. And in keeping with his last wishes, the family of Dara Singh took him home where he breathed his last on the morning of the 12th of July.

Singh, who was born in 1928 in the state of Punjab in pre-independence India, took to wrestling and body building at a very young age and by the time he had decided to make it his choice of career, he was performing in small fairs to earn his livelihood. And when he earned the chance to travel abroad, he grasped the chance with both hands and went on to become one of the greatest wrestlers in those times.

He was also a brilliant actor, adept at making difficult roles his own and has acted in over 150 movies in several Indian languages. Dara Singh was the man who inspired generations of Indian youths to look after their bodies and to take up wrestling as a profession. And now, in his death, he will still inspire the youth of India to chase their dreams, but through old stories and photographs.

Stars such as Georges St Pierre and Josh Koscheck paid tribute to his work.

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