On October 23, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "in an official state proclamation, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson declared October 23, 2004, as 'Yogi Bhajan Memorial Day.' Richardson announced the proclamation in front of thousands attending the memorial service for the Sikh leader who passed away on October 6 at age 75. After a private meeting with Bibi Inderjit Kaur, the widow of the holy man, Richardson addressed an international gathering of guests coming to pay respects to Yogi Bhajan. Richardson poignantly remembered his 'friend and peer' who came from India to America in 1968. Yogi Bhajan was, he said, 'a man with strong views...a leader beyond the Sikh community.'"