Goa, 13 February 2020 – Popular fashion designer Wendell Rodricks passed away at his Colvale residence on February 12. The funeral was held on February 13. He was 59. “His partner Jerome (Marrel) was by his side,” informed a family member.
Schulen Fernandes, the Creative Director for Wendell Rodricks took to the instagram to share his grief. “Darkest day today. I’m numb with deep sorrow and the loss of the dearest one. He should still be here. With us. Here’s what I must say, while I find the strength to speak very little. Wendell passed away today at 5 pm in his sleep. In his home, his sanctuary. Surrounded by the love of the familiar. (Let all other theories be put to rest. Period.) Stay with the man if you must in his legacy and play ‘somewhere over the rainbow’ in fond remembrance,” he wrote.
Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane tweeted, “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.”
Rodricks was honoured with various awards and recognitions including Padma Shri and Rainbow Warrior Award. Besides being an ace designer, he was also an activist and author.