Wrestler turned actor Dara Singh passes away.
“Dara Singh passed away peacefully at 7.30am this (Thursday) morning,” said Ram Narain, COO, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, where the actor was being treated before he was shifted to his Juhu home late Wednesday.
The 84-year-actor had suffered cardiac arrest on July 7 and was rushed Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. He underwent dialysis and was put on ventilator, however, his condition continued to deteriorate.
To respect his wish – he wanted to breathe his last at his home – the family shifted him back to their residence yesterday evening.
Dara Singh personal physician Dr Agarwal said, “Yesterday, we brought him from hospital to home…his wish was that he be at his home between his family. He passed away at 7.30 am due to cardio-respiratory arrest, he had suffered paralysis a few years back, and he also had a very rare brain disease.”
Singh won the title of Rustam-e-Punjab and Rustam-e-Hind for his wrestling prowess. Also, he became the Commonwealth Champion in 1959 and in 1996 he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.
Singh included over 500 professional fights to his credit, all undefeated.
Singh entered film industry in the fifties and is known for his roles in ‘King Kong’ and ‘Faulad’. He was last seen in Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Jab We Met’ (2007) playing Kareena Kapoor’s grandfather.
The veteran actor had played the character of Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar’s epic television series ‘Ramayan’.
Besides acting, he produced and directed Punjabi films.
He was a member of Rajya Sabha from Bhartiya Janata Party from August 2003 to August 2009.
From his first marriage, he has a son Parduman Singh Randhawa and from his second marriage he has five children – two sons and three daughters including TV and film actor Vidhu Dara Singh.
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