The world woke up to a grim Thursday after the news of fashion designer Satya Paul’s death broke.

According to a Times of India (TOI) report, founder of the eponymous fashion clothing brand passed away in Coimbatore on January 6. Cause of death was not reported.

Paul was hospitalised in December after suffering a stroke. Following a brief period of recovery, he was moved to the Isha Yoga Center near Coimbatore, founded by spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Sadhguru took to Twitter to pay a special tribute to the entrepreneur. He called Paul’s life a shining example of ‘immeasurable passion’ and ‘unrelenting involvement’. “The distinct vision you brought to the Indian #fashion industry is a beautiful tribute to this. A privilege to have had you amongst us,” he wrote.

The official Instagram handle of the clothing brand named after the late fashion boss uploaded a series of Stories, paying a tribute to Paul. The caption read, “Celebrating the beautiful and inspiring journey of our founder, Mr Satya Paul (1942 – 2021).”

TOI quoted Paul’s son, Puneet Nanda, saying, “He had a stroke on December 2 and as he was slowly recovering in the hospital. His only wish was to get all the things he was being monitored and poked with (in the hospital) removed so that he could fly away. We finally got clearance from doctors to take him back to Isha Yoga Center, his home since 2015.”

“Most people are not aware that more than as a designer or an entrepreneur, he has been steadfastly a seeker. In the 70s, his inner journey started as he attended talks given by philosopher J. Krishnamurti. Later, he sought guidance from Osho. After Osho left in 1990, though he wasn’t seeking another Master, he discovered Sadhguru in 2007. He immediately started enjoying the path of yoga and eventually moved here in 2015,” Nanda’s statement read.

Fashion designer Divyam Mehta, who also broke the news on social media, said that he lost his maternal uncle, guide and a mentor. “My maternal grandfather was in the business of restaurants and it was he who introduced textiles, design and fashion to the family. My uncle, Satya Paul, took up textiles and fashion. He was always very forward in his thinking and when I told him that I want to pursue fashion designing, he stood by me, guiding me in the right direction. He did not want me to be his shadow, but he wanted me to carve my own path,” he wrote.