Popular comedian-actor Raju Srivastava’s condition has not improved as he is on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of AIIMS in New Delhi, hospital sources said on Sunday.
The 58-year-old stand-up comedian was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday. He underwent an angioplasty the same day.
“Mr Srivastava remains critical and is on a ventilator. There is no improvement in his condition. He is still unconscious. He has suffered brain damage from a heart attack,” the source told PTI.
On Friday evening, Mr Srivastava’s family released a statement on his official Instagram page, saying that the comedian’s condition is “stable”.
“Raju Srivastava ji’s condition is stable. We pray for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and doing their best. Thanks to all the benefactors for their continued love and support,” the family said in the statement.
The family also asked people to “ignore any rumours/fake news going around”. The comic suffered a heart attack while exercising at a hotel gym here.
Srivastava, who has been in the entertainment industry since the late 1980s, gained recognition after participating in the first season of the stand-up comedy show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” in 2005.
He has appeared in Hindi films such as “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Baazigar”, “Bombay to Goa” (remake) and “Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya”. He was one of the contestants on season three of “Bigg Boss”.
Mr. Srivastava is also the President of Film Development Council Uttar Pradesh.
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