Padma Shri recipient Bhai Nirmal Singh dies after testing positive for coronavirus

Padma Shri recipient and former Hazoori Ragi of the Golden Temple, Nirmal Singh Khalsa passed away on Thursday morning, a day after he was diagnosed with coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

He died of cardiac arrest at around 4:30 am in Amritsar.

Singh had recently returned from abroad and was admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital (GNDH) after he complained of breathlessness and dizziness on March 30, sources said.

Meanwhile, police have sealed the area around Singh’s residence.

Singh was put on ventilator last night after his condition worsened due to his bronchial asthma, officials said.

His family members and relatives who were with him have been isolated at a hospital.

Karan Bir Singh Sidhu, Special Chief Secretary of Punjab Disaster Management confirmed the news in a tweet.

“Bhai Nirmal Singh Passes Away – Former ‘Hazoori Raagi’ at Sri Harmandir Sahib, Bhai Nirmal Singh ji Khalsa has passed away during the ambrosial moments of Amrit vela around 4:30 AM today. Bhai Nirmal Singh had tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday,” he tweeted.