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Actor-comedian Raju Srivastava passed away on September 21 after being hospitalised for 41 days. He had a heart attack on August 10 as he collapsed after working out in the gym. Raju was immediately rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi where he underwent angioplasty. He was put on a ventilator. His condition deteriorated and then improved but it again worsened. He breathed his last. The comedian is survived by his wife and two children.

Raju’s wife Shikha Srivastava broke down and expressing her grief told Times of India, “I am not able to talk right now. What can I share or say now? He fought very hard, I was really hoping and praying to see him come out of this. But, that has not happened. All I can say is that he was a true fighter.”


Raju’s nephew Kushal Srivastava said, “He passed away due to a second cardiac arrest. We were confident till yesterday that all will be well because he had battling it for two months.”

Raju Srivastava started his career by doing small roles in several films, like Tezaab, Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Bombay to Goa and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya among others. But he gained popularity and became a household name after participating in the comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He was the second runner-up on the show. The comedian also entered the third season of Bigg Boss.

Raju Srivastava, also popularly known as ‘Gajodhar Bhaiya’ will be cremated at Nigambodh Ghat today, September 22.

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