Panaji: Well-known clothier, homosexual rights activist and Padma Shri awardee Wendell Rodricks died on Wednesday night following a chronic sickness. He was 59.
Chatting with IANS on Wednesday Nilakanth Halarnkar, BJP MLA from the Thivim Meeting constituency and a longtime affiliate of the 60-year-old designer confirmed his loss of life.
“Yes, it is true. He died at 5.45 p.m. today. He was ailing for a long time,” Halarnkar stated.
Household sources stated that the funeral is scheduled for Thursday.
Quickly after Rodricks’ loss of life Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant tweeted: “Deeply shocked & saddened by the sudden demise of world renowned fashion designer & a niz Goenkar Padma Shri Wendell Rodricks. His exemplary work has left an indelible mark in the world of fashion”.
Rodricks, one of the crucial fashionable trend designers from Goa, was awarded a Padma Shri in 2014 and was additionally accorded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts Et Lettres by the French Ministry of Tradition in 2015. As a designer he has been credited with reviving the Kunbi saree, worm by the indigenous Kunbi tribal girls of Goa.
He was within the means of organising a museum “Moda Goa Museum and Research Centre” which Rodricks had devoted to garments and trend in Goa by the ages.
Because the information of his loss of life got here out within the public area, Twitter flooded with condolences messages.
The Style Design Council Of India took to Twitter to pay their tribute: “DCI is deeply disheartened with the sudden and untimely demise of one of the country’s iconic designer, Wendell Rodricks. The fashion fraternity lost a legend today. Wendell, we will miss you.”
A person wrote, “Ace Fashion designer and Padma Shree Awardee @Wendellrodricks passes away at the age of 59. May his soul rest in peace! India lost a star today…”
One other wrote, “Saddened to hear the news of the passing away of #WendellRodricks. His love for #Goa, it’s environment and it’s people will not be forgotten.”
“Deeply shocked to hear about the passing away of acclaimed fashion designer Wendell Rodricks. May his soul rest in peace. #WendellRodricks #RIP” learn one submit.
A person remarked, “This is terrible!! Pride of Goa and Maverick designer No More… Shocked beyond words.. RIP. Can’t accept this.”