Live: Raju’s funeral to take place in Delhi on Thursday

Popular comedian Raju Srivastava died today after 41 days of hospitalisation. The 58-year-old comedian had suffered a heart attack on August 10 while working out at a hotel in Delhi. He was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi and underwent angioplasty. Since then, he was on ventilator and never gained consciousness.PM Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders mourned the loss of the comedy king. Rajnath Singh said he was deeply saddened by the death of popular comedian-actor Raju Srivastava, and expressed condolences to his bereaved family and fans. In a tweet in Hindi, Singh described him as an adept performer and a person who had a lively and cheerful personality.A familiar face in the entertainment industry since the 1980s, the comedian tasted unparalleled success after participating in the first season of the reality stand-up comedy show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” (2005).Raju Srivastava had also featured in Hindi films such as “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Baazigar”, the remake of “Bombay to Goa” and “Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya”.He was the chairperson of the Film Development Council Uttar Pradesh.