Businesswoman, philanthropist and the Style icon Parmeshwar Godrej, wife of industrialist Adi Godrej, died on Monday night (10th October) in a Mumbai's Breach Candy hospital after a prolonged lung illness. She was 70. She was reportedly suffering from a degenerative lung ailment since past five years and she was diagnosed with a lung infection a few days ago which reportedly caused her death.
A multi-faceted person, Parmeshwar was also referred as a 'style icon' and was well connected with the who's who in the world of entertainment and business. She was considered as Mumbai's original queen bee, remembered for her public persona and will be fondly remembered by many as a style icon in her signature beret, who hosted some of mega city’s most memorable evenings.
One of her biggest initiatives in philanthropy was joining hands with actor Richard Gere, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative to combat AIDS through the launch of the 'Heroes Project' in 2004.
The daughter of an army officer, Parmeshwar was 17 when she met Adi Godrej, who was 21. She was then working as an air hostess with Air India. They married in 1965, and had three children -- daughters Tanya Dubash and Nisa Godrej who are associated with the flagship company Godrej Consumer Products, and son Pirojsha who leads the group's listed realty arm.
People from various walks of life took to social media to express their condolences on the death of Parmeshwar Godrej.