Raju Srivastava, a veteran comedian who was admitted at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had a heart attack on August 10 and was hospitalized after complaining of chest pain while running on a treadmill at the gym. Today he died at the age of 58. Raju Srivastava. He also underwent an angioplasty the same day. Raju Srivastava was on a life support system at AIIMS, Delhi.
The comedian regained consciousness after 15 days on ventilator support. However, on September 1, after he ran a fever as high as 100 degrees, he was put on ventilator support again.
Srivastava worked in the entertainment industry since the late 1980s and received recognition after participating in the first season of the stand-up comedy show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge“ in 2005. He had featured in films like “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya” and “Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon” among others. Raju Srivastava, counted as among the highest profile and experienced comics in the country, is survived by his wife and two children.
Dipoo Srivastava, a brother of Raju said “I got a call from the family about half an hour ago saying he is no more. It is unfortunate news. He was fighting in the hospital for over 40 days,”. Raju Srivastava was declared dead at 10.20 am, according to hospital sources.
Raju shot to fame in 2005 after participating in the first season of the stand-up comedy show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge”. He has also featured in films like “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya” and “Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon” among others. He was also the chairperson of the Film Development Council Uttar Pradesh.