Dara Singh: Legendary wrestler and Bollywood icon passes away at 85
On July 12, legendary Bollywood star Dara Singh has passed away after suffering a heart attack and brain clot.
The actor and wrestler was hospitalised on July 7 in a critical condition.
Actor Shah Rukh Khan told followers on Twitter: "Dara Singh was our very own superman. Wrestlers r made of sweat,determination & a hard to find alloy called guts...most apt for Dara Singhji our very own Superman.Will miss u sir."
Another Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan tweeted earlier: "Dara Singh ji passed away this morning. A great Indian and one of the finest humans..An entire era of his celebrated presence gone!"
The 85-year-old actor was last seen playing grandfather to Kareena Kapoor's character in the romance Jab We Met in 2007.
In 1952, the actor made the transition from wrestling after starring in a series of action roles in films such as Tarzan Comes to Delhi, Samson, King Kong and Hercules.
Singh also had a long-running role in the Indian television epic Ramayan as the monkey god Hanuman.
He was visited in hospital by popular celebrity-friends Raza Murad, Farah Khan and Dharmendra. A source told The Daily Bhaskar that actor Salman Khan ordered a minute's silence on the set of Ek Tha Tiger to mark the legend's passing away.