After a week of bravely battling for his life, Group Captain Singh passed away in a Bengaluru hospital. The Shaurya Chakra awardee was the sole survivor of the December 8 chopper crash that killed Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others.
Singh was being treated for severe burns at a military hospital in Bengaluru, where he had been brought from Wellington in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. The Indian Air Force announced his demise.
IAF is deeply saddened to inform the passing away of braveheart Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed this morning to the injuries sustained in the helicopter accident on 08 Dec 21. IAF offers sincere condolences and stands firmly with the bereaved family.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 15, 2021
His death was mourned by lakhs on social media platforms, including President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Sad to learn that Group Captain Varun Singh breathed his last after putting up a valiant fight for life. Though badly injured in the chopper crash, he displayed the soldierly spirit of valour and indomitable courage. The nation is grateful to him. My condolences to his family.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 15, 2021
Group Captain Varun Singh served the nation with pride, valour and utmost professionalism. I am extremely anguished by his passing away. His rich service to the nation will never be forgotten. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 15, 2021
Singh had been on life support, according to reports, and many good wishes and prayers had been pouring in for his recovery.