INDIA: Raju Srivastav, a well-known comedian and television personality, passed away on Wednesday morning. The 58-year-old was checked in AIIMS Delhi’s acute care unit. On August 10, the actor had a heart attack while exercising at a gym and was taken to the hospital.
His trainer drove him to the hospital, where Raju Srivastava received CPR twice in an effort to revive his heart. The actor has been fighting for his life in AIIMS ever since the heart attack.
While exercising, the stand-up comedian had a heart attack. “He was on the treadmill performing his normal exercise when all of a sudden, he lost his balance and crashed. After having a heart attack, he was transported right away to the AIIMS hospital,” the relative of Raju Srivastav said in an earlier statement.
The actor was placed on life support and immediately moved to the intensive care unit. Despite medical intervention, he was unconscious for more than two days, and his condition continued to deteriorate even days after his heart attack. Doctors said that following the cardiac attack, his brain had suffered damage.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earlier been in touch with Raju Srivastav’s wife Shikha to ask about his condition and offer support.
Raju Srivastava’s voyage
On December 25, 1963, he was born Satya Prakash Srivastava and adopted the stage name Raju Srivastav. Due to his well-known acts, he was often given the name Gajodhar. Raju Srivastav, who hails from a middle-class family, has always aspired to be a comic.
Raju Srivastav had carved out a place for himself in the world of stand-up comedy with his witty thoughts on some extremely current events in life and his well-timed jokes.
He originally gained fame as the second runner-up on the ground-breaking stand-up comedy talent competition programme ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge,’ which debuted its first season in 2005.
Following his ascent, the comedian went on to star in several Bollywood movies with some of the most well-known names. He appeared in many movies, including ‘Maine Pyar Kiya,’ ‘Baazigar,’ ‘Bombay to Goa’ (remake), and ‘Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya’. He took part in ‘Bigg Boss‘ third season. Raju Srivastav was also the head of the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council.
The actor, who was in the ICU and getting ventilator support, reportedly showed no improvement as of Thursday night. The comedian left behind his wife Shikha, whom he married on July 1, 1993, and their two children, Antara and Ayushman.