Popular stand-up comedian Raju Srivastava’s health continues to be critical. The artiste remains on life support at the ICU, AIIMS, Delhi. Fifty-eight-year-old Srivastava was admitted to the hospital after suffering a heart attack on August 12, during a workout session at a gym. He underwent an angioplasty the same day. “Srivastava remains critical and on life support. There has been no improvement in his condition. He continues to be unconscious. He has suffered a brain damage after the heart attack,” briefed the medical bulletin.
Though stable, Srivastava has not been conscious ever since the attack. According to cardiologist Dr Nitish Naik, the popular performer is being monitored round-the-clock. “We ask for prayers and thank the doctors at AIIMS for looking after him. We also want to thank his fans for all their touching messages,” the family posted. Additionally, the family urged people to “avoid any rumour or fake news being spread.”
Srivastava, who has been involved in the entertainment sector since the late 1980s, shot into limelight after his acts in “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” in 2005. He is also known for being a comic relief in blockbusters such as Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Bombay to Goa and Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya.
Srivastava also is the chairman, Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council. Besides, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Prime Minister Modi and Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh have also spoken to Srivastava’s family to inquire about his condition.
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