One less reason to laugh

Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 04:00 pm

One less reason to laugh

Known for his earthy humour and inimitable delivery style, comedian Raju Srivastav, who became a household name in his delightful ‘Gajodhar Bhaiyya’ persona, breathed his last on Wednesday, September 21, aged 59.The popular comedian battled for his life for 43 days.He passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where he had been rushed on August 9 after he complained of chest pain and collapsed in the South Delhi gym where he was working out. Srivastav was at once moved to the Intensive Care Unit and put on a ventilator. Doctors had then said that he had suffered brain damage.Even as the news of comedian Raju Srivastava’s death spread across the country, messages of condolence started pouring in. Articulating the sentiments of Raju Srivastava fans across the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the comedian “brightened our lives with laughter, humour and positivity”.The Prime Minister said: “He leaves us too soon but he will continue to live in the hearts of countless people thanks to his rich work over the years. His demise is saddening. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”Born on December 25, 1963, Satya Prakash Srivastava, who later became famous as Raju Srivastava, came from a middle-class family in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.He is survived by Shikha, whom he married in 1993, and their children Antara and Ayushman.

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