Designer Wendell Rodricks Dies In Goa At 59
PANAJI [Maha Media]: Veteran fashion designer Wendell Rodricks, who was also known as the green crusader of his hometown, Goa, passed away on February 12. He is survived by his partner Jerome Marrel.
According to the reports, Wendell suffered a heart attack while he was at his home in Colvale, Goa.
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."
Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development Smriti Irani also 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."
Many celebrities took to social media to pay their condolences. Anushka Sharma wrote, "Woke up in NZ to the sad news of Wendell Rodricks having passed away in his sleep. He was one of the most iconic & original designers in fashion & A champion for LGBT rights. He had given me an opportunity to close his fashion week show in Mumbai after spotting me in Bangalore at a fashion show and was gracious, kind & encouraging. He was one of the reasons I had the courage to move to Mumbai from Bangalore to pursue modelling when I was just 18 years old. RIP Wendell. My love and prayers for Jerome and the rest of his family and friends."
Malaika Arora, in her post wrote, "RIP, our dearest Wendell Rodricks. I first sat and cried, and then I sat alone and smiled and laughed just thinking of all the beautiful, beautiful memories and moments we shared."
Arjun Rampal spoke about the magnitude of the designer's smile. "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. #ripwendellrodricks".