Raju Srivastava, 58, Dies Weeks After Cardiac Arrest
Raju Srivastava, a comedian, passed away in Delhi, more than a month after having a cardiac arrest while exercising in the gym. He was 58. At 10.20 am, according to hospital sources cited by news agency PTI, Srivastava was pronounced dead. According to his nephew Mridul Srivastava, he will be cremated at the Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi tomorrow at 9:30 am. Srivastava died too soon, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also expressed his condolences.
“Raju Srivastava brightened our lives with laughter, humour, and positivity. He leaves us too soon but he will continue to live in the hearts of countless people thanks to his rich work over the years. His demise is saddening. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.
Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, also expressed sympathy to his family and said, “Raju Srivastava is no more with us. I, on behalf of the people of UP, pray that his soul rests in peace.”
Along with Srivastava, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann participated in the stand-up comedy competition “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” in 2005, and he claimed that his performance will live on in people’s memories forever.
On August 10, after collapsing in the gym, Srivastava was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for treatment (AIIMS). He was put on a ventilator and had angioplasty the same day.
Despite being active in the entertainment sector since the 1980s, Srivastava didn’t gain recognition until he took part in “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” in 2005.
In Hindi movies like “Maine Pyar Kiya,” “Baazigar,” “Bombay to Goa,” and “Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya,” he has made appearances. He participated in the third season of “Bigg Boss.” Up until his passing, Srivastava also presided over the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council.