In a letter to his widow, Pratibha Singh, the Dalai Lama wrote: "Dedicating himself to the service of others, Virbhadra Singh led a long and meaningful life. I admired the way he listened to people's needs with deep affection and compassion.
"I am personally grateful for the warm friendship he showed me over the many years we knew each other.
"Historically there have long been close ties between the people of the erstwhile princely state of Bushahr, to which 'Raja Sahib' belonged, and their neighbours in western Tibet.
"Here in Himachal Pradesh, Shri Virbhadra Singh, our longest serving Chief Minister, will be sorely missed."
His Holiness concluded his letter, "With my prayers."
Virbhadra Singh passed away early Thursday at the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) in Shimla after a two-month long battle with post-Covid complications. He was 87.
IGMCH Senior Medical Superintendent Janak Raj said that Virbhadra Singh died at 3.40 a.m.
Virbhadra Singh tested positive for Covid-19 twice in two months -- on April 12 and June 11.
He had suffered from heart attack on July 5 and was in the critical care unit of the IGMCH.
Personally grateful to Virbhadra for warm friendship: Dalai Lama
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