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Stand-up comedian Raju Srivastava, 58, dies at AIIMS Delhi

Raju Srivastava suffered a heart attack while working in the gym on August 10 and was admitted to AIIMS Delhi. In the ICU on life support, he continued to be in coma. There was also an injury to his brain because of lack of enough oxygen supply consequent upon the heart attack. He died at the AIIMS.

NEW DELHI, Sept 21: Over a month after suffering a heart attack, wellknown comedian Raju Srivastava died at the AIIMS Delhi at 10:20 am on Wednesday. He was 58.

India's ace stand-up comedian Raju Srivastava was admitted to AIIMS Delhi after he suffered a heart attack while working in the gym on August 10.

Raju Srivastava had remained on a ventilator and life support system in the intensive care unit at the hospital. He continued to be in coma. There was also injury to his brain because of lack of enough oxygen supply consequent upon the heart attack.

Also an excellent mimic, Raju Srivastava (58) had been active in the entertainment industry since the 1980s. He participated in the first season of the stand-up comedy show 'The Great Indian Laughter Challenge' in 2005. He had acted in Bollywood films such as `Maine Pyar Kiya` in a cameo role (Salman Khan-starrer - 1989) , `Baazigar` (Shah Rukh Khan-starrer - 1993), `Journey Bombay to Goa` (2007), `Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon` (Hrithik, Abhishek, Kareena - 2003). He had played roles with superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan.

India`s greatest stand-up comic that he was, Raju had also appeared in the third season of the reality show `Bigg Boss`. He also acted in comedy shows such as `Comedy Circus`, `The Kapil Sharma Show` and `Shaktimaan.`

He was born in a middle class family of Kanpur on December 25, 1963. His father was Ramesh Chandra Srivastava, a poet, better known as Balai Kaka. Raju always wanted to be a comedian. He is married to Shikha and the couple has two children, Antara and Ayushman.

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