Various bollywood celebrities including Anushka Sharma, malaika Arora, Arjun Rampal and Richa Chadha mourned the death of Wendell Rodricks on social media and shared emotional messages and memories of their association with the acclaimed fashion designer. Wendell Rodricks died at his residence in Goa on February 12 at the age of 59.
Anushka Sharma wrote an emotional note for Rodricks and shared a picture with him from a fashion show as she walked the ramp.
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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 🙏
“A master couturier and his muse,” Malaika said in her post as she shared a picture of Rodricks helping her prepare ahead of what appeared to be a fashion event. “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,” Malaika added in her post.
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
To my dearest @Wendellrodricks @jeromegoa . It’s way too soon to say goodbye…. cheers to an adorable, talented, positive& loving human being who truly lived life on his own terms!!! I will MISS U 😪 #RIPWendell pic.twitter.com/b8P5qBPzoI
— Pooja Bedi (@poojabeditweets) February 12, 2020
Richa Chadha, Arjun Rampal, Shekhar Kapur, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rahul Khanna and Pooja Bedi shared fond memories with the designer. “His smile always made me smile, you will be missed Wendell,” Arjun said in his note. Rahul Khanna added that his Goa trips were incomplete without visiting Rodricks at his residence.
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
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
“I’ll never forget the exquisite meals at his homes, sunset cocktails on his boat, his passion for protecting the environment and his devotion to his dogs,” Rahul added.
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
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