Comedian and actor Raju Srivastava passed away on September 21 at 58. The popular comedian was admitted in AIIMS Delhi after he suffered from cardiac arrest. Since being admitted to the Delhi-based hospital, Raju Srivastava was fighting an uphill battle towards recovery. After being admitted and put on ventilator support for about 15 days, the comedian somehow managed to regain consciousness. The recovery was short-lived and the actor was again put on ventilator support.
The actor’s death was confirmed by news agency ANI. “Comedian Raju Srivastava passes away in Delhi at the age of 58, confirms his family. He was admitted to AIIMS Delhi on August 10 after experiencing chest pain & collapsing while working out at the gym,” ANI tweeted.
Earlier last month, Raju’s cousin Ashok had given an account as to what caused Raju to have a cardiac arrest. While speaking to Press Trust of India, Ashok said, “He was doing his routine exercise and while he was on the treadmill, he suddenly fell down. He suffered a heart attack and was immediately taken to the AIIMS hospital.”
After suffering from cardiac arrest, Raju’s condition worsened as he suffered brain damage. Following this, he was put on ventilator support and a team of doctors in Cardiology and Emergency Department, AIIMS, was treating him.
The Facts of the Matter
Popular comedian Raju Srivastava, who was known for his daily-life observation and impeccable timing, passed away earlier on Wednesday, September 21. The comedian & actor was 58 at the time of his death. His death was confirmed by his family.
Raju’s demise follows his uphill battle towards recovery after he suffered a cardiac arrest over a month ago.
ANI Confirms Comedian Raju Srivastava’s Death
“Comedian Raju Srivastava passes away in Delhi at the age of 58, confirms his family. He was admitted to AIIMS Delhi on August 10 after experiencing chest pain & collapsing while working out at the gym,” news agency ANI reported.
Raju is survived by his family which includes his wife Shikha, daughter Antara. He is also survived by Diploo Srivastava, his brother who had been sharing updates regarding his brother’s health to the fans and media.
Suffering from “Mild” Cardiac-Arrest
Earlier on August 10, Raju Srivastava suffered what was then being reported as a “mild” cardiac-arrest. The comedian was rushed to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. His team later confirmed that he was in a gym, working-out when he suffered the cardiac-arrest. He was given CPR twice to resuscitate his heart. However, his condition worsened.
Tough Road to Recovery
Since then, it had been a challenging road to the recovery. Raju was initially put on a life-support and was reported to have suffered from severe brain injuries. He was being treated initially under the supervision of Dr Nitish Nyay, head of Cardiology and Emergency department, AIIMS.
On August 25, it was being reported that Raju regained consciousness 15 days after being admitted to the hospital. “Raju Srivastava gained consciousness today after 15 days, he’s being monitored by doctors at AIIMS Delhi. His health condition is improving: Garvit Narang, his Personal Secy,” ANI had reported.
Raju Srivastava gained consciousness today after 15 days, he's being monitored by doctors at AIIMS Delhi. His health condition is improving: Garvit Narang, his Personal Secy
He was admitted here on Aug 10 after experiencing chest pain & collapsing while working out at the gym. pic.twitter.com/kmPfqRey1a
— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2022
Life and Times of Raju Srivastava
Raju Srivastava’s career started with him appearing in minor roles in several films, including Baazigar, Maine Pyar Kiya, Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya, and others. However, it was his appearance in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge that made him a household name. Although he was a runner-up in the competition, many fans still debate that he deserved to win the reality-show. He also appeared in Bigg Boss 3.
Netizens Mourn Death of Raju Srivastava
For many of us, Raju Srivastava was the first stand-up comedian we watched. He didn't win The Great Indian Laughter Challenge but people remember the show because of him.
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) September 21, 2022
Heartbreaking to hear about the sad demise of #rajusrivastava .my first film had him in an integral part. Thankyou for all the smiles. laughs and warmth. RIP.may God give your family strength.
— Divya Dutta (@divyadutta25) September 21, 2022
This is the saddest news…He was such a kind & humble soul…
Thank you for always making us smile & laugh even in the darkest of times…
— Harshdeep Kaur (@HarshdeepKaur) September 21, 2022
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
Anguished to hear about the demise of Comedy Legend Raju Srivastav Ji.
An Entertainer par Excellence, his mannerisms & observational comedy truly mirrored the daily life of us Indians.
My condolences to his family members. Om Shanti
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) September 21, 2022
— Vipul Goyal (@HumorouslyVipul) September 21, 2022