Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Comic-actor Raju Srivastava dies at 58

Popular comedian Raju Srivastava, who dabbled in movies, made a mark as a stand-up comic and later entered politics, died on Wednesday after more than 40 days in hospital. He was 58.
Srivastava, who joined the BJP in 2014 after a stint with the Samajwadi Party, had a heart attack on August 10 while working out at a Delhi hotel. He was rushed to AIIMS where he underwent an angioplasty procedure. He was on the ventilator since and never regained consciousness.
“I got a call in the morning saying he is no more. It is really unfortunate news. He had been waging a struggle for life in hospital for over 40 days,” his brother Dipoo Srivastava told PTI from Mumbai.
Paying tribute, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he “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,” the PM tweeted. The artiste, who featured in Hindi films such as “Maine Pyar Kiya” and “Baazigar”, was declared dead at 10.20 am, according to hospital sources. Srivastava, who is survived by his wife and two children, was chairperson of the Film Development Council UP.
The last rites will take place on Thursday morning here, his brother said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was among the first to pay his condolences. UP CM Yogi Adityanath said Srivastava took the genre of comedy to new heights with his talent and hard work. The entertainment fraternity paid homage to the actor-comedian.