Wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh, who was battling for life since the last five days, passed away early this morning at 7.30 AM.
84-year-old Singh was brought to the hospital on July 7 after he had suffered a cardiac arrest and since then he was in the ICU.
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.
In the world of wrestling, he competed against some of the greatest names like King Kong (Australia), George Gordienko (Canada), John Desilva (New Zealand) and others. He included over 500 professional fights to his credit, all undefeated.
He was the original muscle man to enter the 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 in 2007 in which he played Kareena Kapoor‘s grandfather.
The veteran actor also played the character of Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar’s epic television series Ramayan.