New Delhi: Comedian Raju Srivastava passed away on Wednesday at the age of 58 in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi, confirmed his family.
Earlier, he was admitted to AIIMS Delhi on August 10 after experiencing chest pain and collapsing while working out at the gym. He underwent an angioplasty on the same day.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed condolences on the demise of the comedian. “I am deeply saddened by the passing away of renowned comedian, Raju Srivastava ji. Apart from being an accomplished artist, he was also a very lively person. He was also very active in the social field. I extend my condolences to his bereaved family and fans. Shanti!,” he tweeted in Hindi.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah extended condolences on the demise of Srivastava. He tweeted, “Renowned comedian Raju Srivastava ji had a unique style, he impressed everyone with his amazing talent. His death is a great loss to the art world. I express my condolences to his family and fans. May God give them the strength to bear this grief. peace peace.”
Actor Rajpal Yadav mourned the loss of the popular comedian.” I have no words to describe this loss. You have left us all too soon. You will be missed my brother. I just can’t believe this,: he wrote.
“It’s regretful that Raju Srivastava is no more with us. He came from a poor family with his talent & hard work; created his presence in the world. Very few talented comedians like him. I remember how he wanted to contest from Kanpur when he joined SP,” Akhilesh Yadav was also quoted as saying to ANI.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel mourned the demised of the comedian. He tweeted in Hindi, “The news of the demise of comedy lovers ‘Gajodhar’ Shri Raju Srivastava ji is sad. He presented a new form of comedy genre to the country. His passing is a great loss of art. May God rest his soul in peace and give courage to his family and loved ones.”
Srivastava was in the entertainment industry since the late 1980s and received wider recognition after participating in the first season of the reality stand-up comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2005.
He has appeared in movies like Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya, Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar and Bombay to Goa, among others.