Comedian Raju Srivastava passed away today in Delhi, more than a month after he suffered a cardiac arrest while working out in the gym. He is 58 years old.
The PTI news agency, citing a hospital source, said Srivastava died at 10:20 a.m. His grandson Mridul Srivastava said he will be cremated at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi at 9:30 am tomorrow.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned Srivastava’s death and said he passed away too soon.
“Raju Srivastava has lit up our lives with laughter, humor and positivity. He left us too soon but he will continue to live in the hearts of countless people thanks to his rich work. His death was so sad. My condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered his condolences to the family and said: “Raju Srivastava is no longer with us. I, on behalf of the people of UP, pray for his soul to rest in peace.”
Punjab Minister Bhagwant Mann, one of the contestants on the stand-up comedy show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” in 2005 with Srivastava, said his performance will live forever in people’s hearts.
“#RajuSrivastav ji has made us laugh a lot in his life but today is very sad to hear this news. Worked a lot with him and had to learn a lot. Raju ji may not be with us. me but his performance will always live on in our hearts. We will miss you “Gajodhar Bhaiya”, “he tweeted.
Srivastava was hospitalized on August 10 after he collapsed in a gym and was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He underwent angioplasty the same day and was placed on a ventilator.
Srivastava has been in the entertainment industry since the 1980s but was only recognized in 2005 after he participated in “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge”.
He has appeared in Hindi films such as “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Baazigar”, “Bombay to Goa” and “Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya”. He was one of the contestants on “Bigg Boss” season three.
Srivastava also served as chairman of the Film Development Board of Uttar Pradesh until his death.