Mumbai: Former wrestling champion and actor Dara Singh breathed his last at his home on Thursday. Late Wednesday, a very critical Dara Singh was shifted from the hospital to his residence according to his family's wishes. He had been unwell for a while.
His portrayal of Hanuman in a mythological television series during his heydays is best remembered even today. He is survived by his wife and six children - three sons and three daughters.
Celebrities took to Twitter to pay tribute to their favourite 'Hanuman'. Here are some of the tweets:
@SrBachchan: T 802 -Dara Singh ji passed away this morning. A great Indian and one of the finest humans..An entire era of his celebrated presence gone!
@narendramodi: From the ring to screen, he won the hearts of generations! Our heartfelt tributes to Rustam-e-Hind Dara Singh. May his soul rest in peace.
@bhogleharsha: never saw dara singh outside of the movies, never met him but his legend enveloped me. he made me feel good! #darasingh
@MaheshNBhatt: Dara Singh passes away!Memories of this warm 'pehlwan' turned actor flicker in my memory.When childhood heroes die the world looks desolate.
@anandmahindra: Rare when an individual's name becomes an idiom..During my schooldays, any strong guy was a 'Dara Singh' May he find new rings to wrestle in
@iKabirBedi: RIP DARA SINGH, Rustam-e-Hind, India's iconic wrestler, pride of Punjab, loved by all generations. We'll miss you deeply.
@kjohar25: RIP DARA SINGH.....have the most heartfelt memories.....
@BajpayeeManoj: The symbol of physical strength dara singh ji is no more with us now.may god bless his soul with peace!
@TheRajKundra: RIP Dara Singh ji. He was the original action man! Iconic, an idol to all Indian wrestlers and fighters. He still remains an inspiration!