Raju Srivastava dies: Popular stand-up comedian Raju Srivastava passed away at 58. He suffered a sudden heart attack on August 10 following which he was rushed to AIIMS Delhi.
His postmortem was done at AIIMS on Wednesday. Dr Sudhir Gupta, Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, said, "Raju Srivastav's post-mortem has been done with a new technique called Virtual Autopsy. It does not require any dissection. The whole process took 15 to 20 minutes, after which the body was handed over to his family."
Last month, after he was admitted to the hospital, the actor was immediately shifted to ICU and was on life support. He did not gain consciousness for over 40 days and despite doctors' efforts, his health kept deteriorating even days after he suffered a heart attack. Doctors had shared that he has suffered brain damage following the heart attack. He was declared dead at 10:20 am on September 21, according to hospital sources.
"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," Dipoo Srivastava told PTI.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had telephoned Raju Srivastava's wife Shikha to enquire about his health and offered support.
Born Satya Prakash Srivastava on 25 December 1963, he took Raju as his stage name. He was often credited as Gajodhar due to his popular acts. A president of Kanpur and hailing from a middle-class family, Raju always wanted to become a comedian. He began his stint as a stand-up comedian with the talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and finished as second runner-up. Post that he participated in, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge - Champions, and won the title of "The King of Comedy".
Raju Srivastava had performed both in India and abroad. He also did some Bollywood films including Rajshri Productions' Maine Pyar Kiya and other small roles in popular films namely Baazigar and Bombay to Goa. He was a part of Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya
Raju also gained many fans when he participated in Bigg Boss Season 3 and Nach Baliye season 6. He has also appeared on Comedy Nights with Kapil.
He is survived by his wife Shikha and their children, Antara and Ayushman.