Legendary wrestler and actor Dara Singh passed away on Thursday morning at around 7.30 a.m. at his Dara Villa home, Juhu, Mumbai, and his last rites will take place today at a cemetery in Juhu.
Singh breathed his last at his home after suffering from significant brain damage. He was admitted to Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on July 7, and since then he was confined to the ICU. The actor, popularly known for his role as "Hanuman" in Ramanand Sagar's mythological television series "Ramayan", died at the age of 84.
On Wednesday, Singh was shifted back to his home at around 10.30 p.m. after doctors told his son Vindu that his recovery is quite doubtful.
"He passed away at 7.30 AM peacefully," Dr Ram Narain, COO of Kokilaben Hospital, told news agency Press Trust of India.
Bollywood celebrities including Manoj Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Tabu, Sanjay Khan with wife, Rajpal Yadav, Anu Malik gathered at Dara Singh's residence to pay their respects.
Singh's body was taken to the cemetery in a decorated truck. The funeral will take place in Juhu near Pawan Hans helicopter Service Company, which is around 3 kilometres away from his residence.
Hundreds of fans gathered outside Singh's house to catch a glimpse of the legend for the last time. They were reportedly following the truck which carried Singh's dead body. The truck passed from Mithibai College and may pass Amitabh Bachchan's bungalow before reaching the funeral grounds.
The undefeated wrestling champion is survived by his wife and six children - three sons and three daughters. The "Rustam-e-Hind" title holder has worked in more than 100 Hindi films since 1962.
His last movie was Imtiaz Ali's 2007 romantic film "Jab We Met".