Dara Singh -
The champion loses his final
wrestled his way from the ring to the big screen and the small one
to enormous success. Dara Singh went from muscle man to hero and
then uncle, father and friend in numerous character roles that
endeared him to generations of fans. »
wrestling champion and actor Dara Singh died at his home here
Thursday morning following a brief illness, doctors treating him
said. He was 84.
"Dara Singh passed away peacefully at 7.30 a.m. 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.
"Angel now gone to shine like a star up above," the actor's son,
Vindu Dara Singh, texted after his father's death.
Dara Singh had been undergoing dialysis at the hospital.
It was his family's wish that he should be home in the last stages
of his life, a hospital official had said Wednesday.
He is survived by his wife and six children - three sons and three
daughters. One of his sons, Vindu Dara Singh, is a known name in
The veteran actor was rushed to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani
Hospital Saturday by his family members following a cardiac
problem. He had been in a critical condition since then. Two days
later, he was put on dialysis after his kidneys stopped
Dara Singh, who had won the title of "Rustam-e-Hind" for his
wrestling prowess, appeared in various films and TV serials.
He is best known for his portrayal of Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar's
"Ramayan" and in B.R. Chopra's "Mahabharat".
He had appeared in films like "Watan Se Door", "Daada", "Rustom-E-Baghdad",
"Sher Dil", "Sikandar E Azam", "Raaka", "Mera Naam Joker" and "Dharam
Karam". He was last seen in the 2007 release "Jab We Met".
He had also directed films.