The demise of the media baron sent showbiz into mourning, and many prominent personalities from tinsel town as well as sports flooded social media, expressing their condolences at the tragedy and paying their tributes.
Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher penned an emotional post on X (formerly Twitter) reminiscing about his helpful nature and flamboyant personality.
“Saddened to know about the demise of Sahara Shri #SubrataRoy Ji! Met him many times on different occasions! He was always ready to help, kind, and larger than life. May god rest his soul in peace! Om Shanti!”, reads the post.
‘90s diva Manisha Koirala saluted the late billionaire for his persevering attitude and never giving up despite numerous setbacks. “The man who never given up during his struggle life,” mourned the ‘1942: A Love Story’ star.
Sports Fraternity Mourns Death Of Tycoon
Taking to X, cricketer Yuvraj Singh paid homage to the late mogul. He revealed that the tycoon was one of the few people to provide unconditional support to him when he was battling a devastating cancer diagnosis in 2011. He also reminisced about his positive, can-do attitude to life, despite facing one hurdle after the other.
“He was a true testament of someone who never gave up no matter what the odds. When I got diagnosed with cancer, he was one of the few people who stood by me and supported me. He was always very close to me and my family, and someone we looked up to. He was a fighter who despite facing tough times himself, fought with every ounce of his being till the very end. A huge loss and a very difficult void to fill,” reads his post.
Fellow cricketer Suresh Raina also remembered the tycoon. Taking to X, Raina described Roy as a “great motivator, speaker & sports lover.”
Badminton player Saina Nehwal thanked the entrepreneur for his unflinching support to athletes over the years. “He used to be a great sports lover and supported a lot of sportspersons…Thank u, sir, for all the love and support you will be missed,” she tweeted.
Mohammed Azharuddin, the former captain of the Indian cricket team also left condolences.
According to reports, Roy’s mortal remains will be brought to Lucknow on Thursday and the last rites will be performed on Friday.
The tycoon was battling several comorbidities. He was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute in Mumbai on November 12, where he eventually passed away from a cardiorespiratory arrest arising from various health complications such as hypertension, diabetes, and a malignant tumour that had metastacised.
Although Roy made Sahara Group one of the biggest media conglomerates, he was also a heavily polarised figure in India.Inc, due to being embroiled in multiple legal battles and highly publicised scandals that arose after his group firms were accused of money laundering Ponzi schemes, known as the ‘Sahara chit fund scam’.
He was arrested in 2014, after failing to appear before the Supreme Court after being accused of failing to repay Rs 20,000 crore to investors. He was later granted bail.