MUMBAI: Ace fashion designer Wendell Rodricks passed away on Wednesday, 12th February. He was 59 years old and reports suggest that he suffered a heart attack in his sleep while he was at his home in Colvale, Goa. The sudden news has sent a wave of shock in the entire Bollywood industry as it mourns his demise.
Anushka Sharma penned down an emotional post for the designer and stated him as the reason for her courage to come to Mumbai. She wrote, "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 and 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."
Actor Arjun Rampal took to his Instagram and wrote, "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."
Malaika Arora reminisced all her beautiful memories with Wendell and wrote, "A master couturier and his muse. I first sat and cried, and then I sat alone n smiled n laughed, just thinking of all the beautiful, beautiful memories and moments we shared."
Shashi Tharoor called him a "fashion icon" and wrote, "An original, a man of courage & conviction, a fashion icon and a social activist -- perhaps Heaven needed all those qualities in one man. RIP."
Shocked by the news of @Wendellrodricks' passing: https://t.co/W3CDCwo1va An original, a man of courage & conviction, a fashion icon & a social activist -- perhaps Heaven needed all those qualities in one man. RIP.— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) February 12, 2020
Several other Bollywood biggies and stars expressed their grief over the whole saddening news. See some of the messages for the late designer here:
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
Wendell Rodricks last came into limelight because of a controversy regarding Priyanka Chopra's much talked Grammy dress. He ridiculed the dress saying that it was not at all age-appropriate. He was also slammed by netizens over his remark.
Now that Rodricks is gone, the world has surely lost a talented and creative man. RIP Wendell Rodricks!