Raju Srivastava dies at the age of 58 at AIIMS Delhi, suffered heart attack last month

A well-known comedian, Raju Srivastava died at the age of 58 after 41 days of hospitalisation at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Raju suffered a heart attack and was shortly hospitalised at AIIMS on August 10.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others pay tributes to Raju Srivastava.PM Modi tweeted saying he brightened our lives with laughter, humour and positivity.

The 58-year-old stand-up comedian had a heart attack while exercising at a South Delhi gym. When Raju was transferred to the hospital, he reportedly complained that he felt uneasy. He got an angioplasty the following day and has been on a ventilator ever since.

The comedian’s health had fluctuated significantly in recent days. On the 25th of August, there were reports of Raju regaining consciousness, but his brother Dipoo Srivastava said that the family had received no such information from the doctors.

Dipoo also stated that the comedian has made minor progress and is gradually recovering.

Raju’s wife Shikha had also given his health updates to his fans and family on a regular basis, asking everyone to pray for his recovery.

Born on December 25, 1963, in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, in a middle-class family, Raju was raised by His father, Ramesh Chandra Srivastava who was a poet .He had a good mimicking skill in his early days.

Raju is most known for his onstage character “Gajodhar.” With his clever quips, humorous jokes and comic timing of some immensely relevant real-life situations Raju earned out a place for himself in the world of stand-up comedy.

He emerged onto the scene after the ground-breaking stand-up comedy talent show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge,” which debuted its first season in 2005. He was the chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council.

He appeared onscreen in Hindi movies such as “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Baazigar”, “Bombay to Goa” (remake) and “Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya”. He was one of the contestants on “Bigg Boss” season three.