Famous designer Wendell Rodricks died at his Goa residence on Thursday. He was 59.
News agency IANS reports that Rodricks was suffering from a prolonged illness and succumbed to it at 5:45 pm on Wednesday. Over the years, the designer made his Goan heritage part of his work. Rodricks, known for his minimalism in his fashion, was born in 1960.
Rodricks's death sent shockwaves across the entertainment industry with celebrities including Anushka Sharma, Malaika Arora and Rahul Khanna paying tribute to the fashion designer in emotional posts on social media.
Actress-model Sagarika Ghatge mourned sharing a throwback photo on Instagram. "My first show as a show stopper straight after Chak De! India was released. I was so nervous and still remember that evening so clearly. Wendell, you were so encouraging and charming with the ever smiling look out to life," wrote Sagarika and added: "RIP Wendell. Prayers and strength to family and friends."
Actor Lara Dutta also shared a heartfelt note for Wendell Rodricks on Instagram. She wrote: "Wendell Rodricks was a very special human being who always left a place better than when he entered into it. He truly lived with Joie de vivre and his warmth, genuineness and generosity of spirit always endeared all who had the privilege of knowing him."
Neena Gupta, in her tribute to the designer, stated that she can be heard talking about her "close" bonding with Wendell and how she's deeply saddened by his death.
The funeral took place on Thursday, February 13.