New Delhi: Comedian Raju Srivastava died in Delhi on Wednesday at the age of 58, his family confirmed the unfortunate news to media. The comedian died at 10.20 am, after 41 days of hospitalisation. Raju was admitted to AIIMS Delhi on August 10 after he experienced chest pain and collapsed while working out at a gym.
The comedian was hospitalised for over a month following a heart attack. Recently, his brother Dipoo Srivastava had said that the comedian was recovering slowly but was unconscious. “The recovery is slow. He will be fine soon. He is stable and on a ventilator. He is still unconscious. It’s been 35 days but doctors are saying they are doing their best. We need all your prayers,” Dipoo had told PTI.
As soon as the news of the Raju Srivastav’s passing away surfaced on the internet, tributes form all the corners have been pouring on the internet.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah took to Twitter to extend his condolences with a heartfelt note. “Renowned comedian Raju Srivastava ji had a distinctive style, he impressed everyone with his amazing talent. His death is a great loss to the art world. I extend my condolences to his family and fans. May God give them the strength to bear this grief. peace peace
सुप्रसिद्ध हास्य कलाकार राजू श्रीवास्तव जी का एक विशिष्ट अंदाज था, उन्होंने अपनी अद्भुत प्रतिभा से सभी को प्रभावित किया। उनका निधन कला जगत के लिए एक बड़ी क्षति है। मैं उनके परिजनों व प्रशंसकों के प्रति संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूँ। ईश्वर उन्हें यह दुःख सहने की शक्ति दें। ॐ शांति शांति
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 21, 2022
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also extended his condolences on the demise of comedian Raju Srivastava. “I am deeply saddened by the passing away of renowned comedian, Raju Srivastava ji. Apart from being an accomplished artist, he was also a very lively person. He was also very active in the social field. I extend my condolences to his bereaved family and fans. Om Shanti,” he wrote.
सुप्रसिद्ध हास्य कलाकार, राजू श्रीवास्तव जी के निधन से मुझे गहरा दुःख हुआ है। वे एक मंझे हुए कलाकार होने के साथ-साथ एक बेहद ज़िंदादिल इंसान भी थे। सामाजिक क्षेत्र में भी वे काफ़ी सक्रिय रहते थे। उनके शोकाकुल परिवार एवं प्रशंसकों के प्रति मैं अपनी संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूँ।ॐ शान्ति!
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 21, 2022
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also mourned the loss and took to Twitter to extend his condolences. “Very sad to hear the demise of famous comedian Raju Srivastava ji. May God give place to the departed soul at his feet. My condolences to his family and all his fans in this time of sorrow,” he wrote.
मशहूर हास्य कलाकार राजू श्रीवास्तव जी का निधन बेहद दुखद। ईश्वर दिवंगत आत्मा को अपने श्रीचरणों में स्थान दें। इस दुख की घड़ी में उनके परिजनों एवं सभी प्रशंसकों के प्रति मेरी संवेदनाएँ। pic.twitter.com/l7cPK1bCAS
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 21, 2022
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also expressed his sorrow and told ANI, “It’s regretful that Raju Srivastava is no more with us. He came from a poor family with his talent & hard work; created his presence in the world. Very few talented comedians like him. I remember how he wanted to contest from Kanpur when he joined SP.”
Srivastava was a candidate for the Samajwadi Party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Kanpur. On March 11, 2014, however, Srivastava returned the ticket, claiming he was not receiving enough backing from the local party units. After that, he joined Bharatiya Janata Party on 19 March 2014.