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Comedian Raju Srivastava passes away at 58

Popular as Gajodhar, Raju Srivastava was one of the most noted comedians in India.
05:21 AM Sep 21, 2022 | APN Live
comedian raju srivastava passes away at 58
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Renowned Comedian, Raju Srivastava, who was admitted to Delhi’s AIIMS after suffering a cardiac arrest while running on a treadmill in his gym, passes away on September 21st. The comedian had been struggling to get better after facing a cardiac arrest on August 10. Reports about his health condition improving had come surfaced recently but as fate would have it, the comedian has departed from the world, however, his legacy will live on.

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Comedian and friend of Raju Srivastava, Sunil Pal, had previously informed about Raju’s health deteriorating and getting critical as his brain stopped functioning. He also urged his fans to pray for Raju’s good health as the matter was out of Doctor’s hands. He added that the comedian continues to be on ventilator support.

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Earlier, Raju Srivastava’s family issued an official statement and asked everyone to not believe his death rumours and pray for his well-being. The statement said Raju Srivastava’s health was stable and doctors were treating him.

Popular as Gajodhar, Raju Srivastava was one of the most accomplished comedians in India. He gained wide recognition from the talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge where he ended up as the second runner-up. He then participated in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge-Champions and won the title of The King of Comedy.

In 2010, he triggered controversy after he received threatening calls from Pakistan for cracking jokes on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Pakistan.

The comedian started his career with cameo roles in Bollywood films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya, and Bombay to Goa. He was also a part of Bigg Boss season 3 and was voted out after more than two months. He then participated in the reality show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala.

Raju also shook a leg with his wife Shikha Srivastava in the dance reality show Nach Baliye season 6.

Apart from comedy and acting, Raju also tried his luck in politics. He joined the Samajwadi Party for the 2014 Lok Sabha election, however, returned the ticket citing no support from the local units of the party. Later, he joined the Bhartiya Janata Party and became a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

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May his soul rest in peace.

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