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    Comedian Raju Srivastava dies at 58

    Comedian Raju Srivastava dies at 58
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    By Akriti Anand   IST (Updated)

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    Raju Srivastava was admitted to AIIMS Delhi on August 10 after he complained of chest pain and collapsed while working out at the gym.

    Comedian Raju Srivastava died a month after suffering a heart attack, his family confirmed on Wednesday. He was 58. Srivastava was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)  in Delhi on August 10 after he complained of chest pain and collapsed while working out at the gym.
    "He was doing his routine exercise and while he was on the treadmill, he suddenly fell down," Raju's cousin had said earlier.
    According to news reports, Srivastav had suffered immense brain damage after cardiac arrest. He was "critical and on a ventilator" in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the AIIMS in the national capital. He had shown little improvement since then.
    Following this, the 58-year-old stand-up comic had underwent angioplasty. However, he succumbed to his ailment, news agency ANI quoted his family as saying.
    "I got a call from the family about half-an-hour ago saying he is no more. It is really unfortunate news. He was fighting in the hospital for over 40 days," Raju Srivastav's brother Dipoo told PTI. Raju Srivastava was declared dead at 10.20 am, according to hospital sources.
    Condolences pour in
    Condolences poured in as soon as the news of Raju Srivastava's demise broke. Film director Vivek Agnihotri shared a video message on Twitter to express his grief. He said, "...An artist like him is rarely seen, India hasn't seen another like him. I pray that his soul rests in peace. My prayers are with his family, fans."
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, "I, on behalf of the people of UP, pray that his soul rests in peace. I extend my condolences to his family." Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda also extended condolences on the demise of comedian Raju Srivastava.
     
    The popular comic-actor tasted unparalleled success after participating in the first season of the reality stand-up comedy show "The Great Indian Laughter Challenge"  in 2005. He was active in the entertainment industry since the late 1980s.
    He has appeared in Hindi films such as "Maine Pyar Kiya", "Baazigar", "Bombay to Goa" (remake), and "Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya".
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