Ace fashion designer and activist Wendell Rodricks passed away in Goa at his home in North Goa’s Colvale on Wednesday. He was 59 years old.

One of the most celebrated designers, Rodricks has reportedly suffered a heart attack.

Since the news of his untimely death broke, the fans and friends from the fraternity have been sending condolences.

Many celebrities like actress Neha Dhupia offered her heartfelt condolences on Twitter.

The Bollywood director Madhur Bhandarkar wrote in his tweet that the news of the designer’s death has shocked him, and also offered his condolences to the family.

Goa state minister Vishwajit Rane wrote on Twitter, “Deeply saddened to hear about the sudden demise of my very good friend and designer, Wendell Rodricks. His excellency in his work and skills are irreplaceable and shall always be cherished. We will truly miss him. My heartfelt condolences to his family and dear ones (sic).”

Arjun Rampal’s message adds that the designer’s smile always made him smile and that he will be dearly missed.

Shobhaa De also offered her condolences on Twitter adding that the designer has a beautiful legacy.

Singer, Sona Mohapatra also wrote about the designer’s sudden death on her Twitter account, feeling shocked and saddened by the designer’s death.

Union minister women and child development and handloom and textile, Smriti Irani took to Twitter to express her condolences, “Shocked to hear about the untimely demise of Wendell Rodricks, one of India’s most renowned designers. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones. May his soul rest in peace.”

Wendell’s last post on Instagram said that he was working on his costume museum in Goa. “Final plastering at work,” wrote Rodricks on his account three days ago. The Moda Goa Museum will be India’s first costume museum. It is to be housed in a 450-year-old traditional Goan villa in Colvale.

 

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The ace fashion designer was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2014. Rodricks, known for his minimalism in his fashion was a vocal activist of gay rights and environmental issues.