Popular Indian comedian Raju Srivastava passes away
Comedian-actor Raju Srivastava breathed his last breath at the age of 58, at AIIMS Delhi, after being admitted there following a heart attack on August 10.
Raju, who received widespread recognition after participating in the first season of the stand-up comedy show 'The Great Indian Laughter Challenge' in 2005, was part of the Indian entertainment industry since the late 1980s.
During his stint on the show and even after that Raju became very popular for his stage character 'Gajodhar Bhaiya'.
After gaining popularity as a comedian, he worked in TV shows like 'Bigg Boss', 'Comedy Circus', 'Raju Hazir Ho', 'Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala' and 'Laugh India Laugh'. Raju also appeared on 'Comedy Nights with Kapil'.
On March 19, 2014, he joined the Bhartiya Janta Party, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi nominated him to be part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
In the early days the comedian has worked in films like 'Tezaab', 'Maine Pyaar Kiya', 'Baazigar', 'Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa', 'Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon', 'Big Brother' and 'Bombay to Goa' among several other films.
The comedian was admitted to the hospital on August 10 after a heart attack. He was experiencing chest pain and collapsed while working out at the gym. He underwent an angioplasty the same day. After staying on the ventilator for several weeks, he finally passed away on September 21.