From Malaika Arora to Poonam Dhillon, Jacqueline Fernandez to Richa Chaddha all the Bollywood celebrities mourn the death of celebrated fashion designer Wendell Rodricks. He passed away at 5:45 pm on Wednesday in Goa.
The fashion and Bollywood industry have come out to support and mourn the death of renowned fashion designer Wendell Rodricks. The ace designer who had been suffering from a prolonged illness suffered a severe heart attack at his Covale residence in Goa.
Rodricks was honored with Padmashri in 2014 & the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts Et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2015. The ace designer took his final breaths at the age of 59. The respected designer didn’t only have a flourishing career in fashion but also featured in Bollywood films like Kaizad Gustad’s ‘Boom’ and Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Fashion’.
Bollywood celebrities like Neha Dhupia, Sona Mohapatra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Malaika Arora and Pooja Bedi took to Twitter to share their grievances. Education Minister Smriti Z Irani also mourned the death of the fashion designer on Twitter.
Your demise leaves a void in the fashion fraternity that can never be replaced. May you RIP #WendellRodricks. You will be missed.
— Jacqueline Fernandez (@Asli_Jacqueline) February 12, 2020
Goodbye gentle soul. Amazing designer. Friend. Had so much more to do. Died in the place he loved. A home he created for himself and his partner #WendellRodricks
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) February 12, 2020
This is such sad sad news, a beautiful human and such a talented designer, the fashion industry and the world has lost today. It was such joy whenever I met him. His smile always made me smile,you will be missed Wendell. Condolences and prayers for all ur loved ones #ripwendell pic.twitter.com/Y19IdrzFJt
— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) February 12, 2020
Genuinely sad to hear the news of Wendell Rodricks passing away. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/te0SHd0Doe
— Neil Nitin Mukesh (@NeilNMukesh) February 12, 2020
Gutted to hear about the untimely demise of @Wendellrodricks. Had only met him briefly but admired his advocacy of gay rights and his love for his home state, Goa. He was one of a kind! Rest in peace. Condolences to family ! 🙏🏽
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) February 12, 2020
Wendell , I may have not know you well enough but all I know is that every time I saw you , you would always be smiling and your smile would light up the entire room… wherever you are may the angels always be with you ❤️ #gonetoosoon #RIPWendellRodricks pic.twitter.com/1gHzOnjyxC
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) February 12, 2020
Full of love. Full of life. All heart. All soul. A connoisseur. A creator. A pioneer. A change-maker. I feel lucky having known you. @Wendellrodricks you will remain in my heart forever. Refuse to see you any other way than that afternoon we spent in your glorious home in Goa. pic.twitter.com/06959BjXeD
— SONA (@sonamohapatra) February 12, 2020
Fashion model Walscha De Sousa also posted an emotional message on Twitter to mourn the death of ace fashion designer. Calling him her mentor, she said that he never let go off her hand once he discovered her at the age of 16.
I owe everything I am today to u.U discovered me at the age of 16 in my uniform & u never let go of my hand after that.U will forever be remembered my friend & mentor.We have beautiful memories together & they will live on.I pray that ur soul rests in peace. @Wendellrodricks #rip pic.twitter.com/Lzcnsoq2yb
— Waluscha De Sousa (@Iamwaluscha) February 12, 2020
Rodricks was among the first Indian celebrities to have come out in public about his sexuality. The gay designer had been working as an activist of gay rights and environmental issues. The designer has also authored books like Moda Goa: History and Style, Poskem: Goans in the Shadows and his autobiography The Green Room. Wendell was the first-ever Indian designer to introduce resort wear in India.
Wendell had been living with his husband in a 450 years-old old house in Colvale, called Casa Dona Maria. teh couple had been working rigorously to convert their home into a museum of Goan fashion called Moda Goa Museum and Research Centre. Wendell and husband wanted to fulfil his life’s dream of converting the house into a one-of-a-kind museum in Goa.
We deeply regret the demise of Wendell Rodricks. He was truly a gem of fashion industry in India. We extend our condolences to the grieving family.