Comedian Raju Srivastava passed away in Delhi. He was 58. He was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi on August 10, after he suffered a heart attack. Raju Srivastava was on ventilator support for 15 days, after which he regained consciousness. However, on September 1, after he ran a fever as high as 100 degrees, he was out on ventilator support again.
Raju Srivastava's chief advisor Ajit Saxena said that despite best efforts by the doctors, the comedian could not be saved. Raju Srivastava was in the entertainment industry since the 1980s. He shot to fame after participating in the first season of the reality stand-up comedy show "The Great Indian Laughter Challenge" in 2005.
He was also the chairman of the Film Development Council Uttar Pradesh. "Raju bhai finally took a break from the worldly journey to fight the gloom of God's world. Hundreds of memoirs of his journey from the days of struggle to the pinnacle of fame are floating before the eyes. Last salute to the Sikandar who made people smile," said poet Kumar Vishvas in a tweet.