Famous Indian comedian Raju Shrivastav passes away at 58


Famous Indian comedian Raju Shrivastav has died aged 58 in Delhi after health complications, reported Indian news agency ANI. The news was confirmed by his family. Shrivastav passed away two months after he was admitted to the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and had been on and off of the ventilator. 

After two rounds of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) failed to resuscitate the comic, he had to be shifted to the ICU. His wife, Shikha Srivastava, had also reached Delhi following the hospitalisation.

Last month, it was reported that his condition is stable and he continues to recover slowly in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. In a statement, the comedian’s daughter Antra Srivastava had said, “My dad’s condition is stable and continues to improve slowly. He is on the ventilator at the moment.”

She further appealed to people to trust the news from his official account on social media and the statement from AIIMS. “Only statements from AIIMS, Delhi and Raju Ji’s official social media accounts are trustworthy and genuine. Any other news or statements from anyone else is unreliable. The doctors and their entire team at AIIMS Delhi are working hard and diligently. We’re thankful to them and all his well-wishers”, Shrivastav’s daughter confirmed.

Srivastava is most notable for his comedic chops, having been active in the realm of stand-up comedy since the 1990s. He has also appeared in films like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. Srivastava currently serves as the chairman of the Film Development Council in Uttar Pradesh.

Shrivastav did small roles in films like Tezaab (1988), Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) and Baazigar (1993) to survive in the city until he bagged a show on Doordarshan.

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Originally published at tribune.com.pk

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