Noted designer Wendell Rodricks passed away in Goa on Wednesday, at the age of 59. Besides being an A-list designer, Rodricks was also an activist for various social causes, the environment, and gay rights. Condolences from the fashion fraternity started pouring in soon after the news of his death broke. Actress Anushka Sharma who was introduced by Wendell in the glamour world mourned his demise and wrote an emotional message for him on Insta.
Sharing a photograph of the two, Anushka 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.” An environmentalist and an advocate of LGBTQ rights. He was conferred the Padma Shri Award in 2014 for his contribution to the field of fashion design.