Indian hockey legend and captain Mohammed Shahid died on Wednesday in a Gurgaon hospital after a liver and kidney ailment, He was 56 years old. Mohammed Shahid, member of the Moscow Olympics ’80 gold medal-winning Indian team, was in coma and was put on ventilator at Gurgaon’s Medanta Hospital. He was suffering from multi-organ failure and couldn’t come out of coma. According to India Today report.
“He breathed his last at 10:45 this morning. It was multiple organ failure that led to his passing away. He will be taken to Varanasi and last rites will be performed there tomorrow,” Mohammed Shahid’s son Mohammed Saif told PTI.
Mohammed Shahid‘s style of play was based on speed and an ability to drip the ball with rare wizardry, and it was this aspect of his game which won him fans across the country during the 1980s and revived Indian hockey when interest had started to wane against cricket’s immense popularity following the 1983 World Cup win.
In the untimely & unfortunate demise of Mohammed Shahid, India has lost a talented sportsman who played with immense passion & vigour.
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2016
Pained nd saddened by da death of Md.Shahid.Despite our best efforts,we cud nt save him.May God give his family da strength 2 bear this loss
— Chowkidar Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) July 20, 2016
In Mohammad Shahid, we have lost one of the legends of world hockey.
Condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/KWWbq6nFwy
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 20, 2016
Very sad to hear about the demise of hockey legend Mohammad Shahid. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/MkLt0YouVq
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) July 20, 2016
Mohammed Shahid was also a part of the national team that won a silver medal at the Delhi Asian Games in 1982 and bronze in the Seoul Asiad in 1986.