Comedian Raju Srivastava passes away at 58, PM Modi & Amit Shah condole death

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After 42 days of hospitalization, popular comedian Raju Srivastava passed away at the age of 58 on Wednesday at AIIMS New Delhi. His family members confirmed the news.

The popular comedian, who was born in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur on December 25, 1963, was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi on August 10 with complaints of chest pain and collapsed while working out in the gym.

Though the comedian came to Mumbai from Kanpur in the 80s, initially, the days weren’t easy for him. After money that he brought from home started drying up, he drove taxi. Then, Raju did small roles in films like Tezaab (1988), Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) and Baazigar (1993) to survive in the Maximum City until he bagged a show on Doordarshan.

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But then, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge (TGILC) came and it was the turning point in Raju Srivastava’s life. He appeared as a contestant in the first season of the comedy reality show in 2005. People connected with his stage character Gajodhar Bhaiya on the show and the videos were shared. He had also participated in shows Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala and Bigg Boss. Some other shows where he had featured were Nach Baliye Season 6, Comedy Nights with Kapil.

PM Modi extended his condolences and tweeted, “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.”

Hrithik Roshan tweeted: Forever in our hearts. Rest in peace Raju Srivastava Sir. My condolences to the family.

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