Raju Srivastava is a “fighter and will be back to be among all of us,” Shikha Srivastava, wife of the popular actor-comedian, said Thursday.
The 58-year-old comedian was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences after suffering a heart attack on August 10. He underwent angioplasty the same day and has been on a ventilator ever since.
Ms. Shikha said her husband is “stable” and the doctors are treating him well.
“He is stable. Doctors are treating him well. Raju ji is a fighter and he will come back to be among all of us. We need your prayers and wishes,” Ms. Shikha told PTI.
Mr Srivastava, a stand-up comic who joined the BJP in 2014, was trending on Twitter on Thursday with many posts speculating about his health.
Ms. Shikha asked the media and fans not to spread rumors, as it affects the “moral” of the family.
“My sincere request is kindly not to spread rumours. It affects our morale. We don’t want negative energy, we need positivity. Please pray for his speedy recovery and he will be back soon. Doctors are doing their best and Raju ji supports against them, he’s fighting. So, please don’t spread any negativity,” she added.
Earlier in the day, sources said Mr Srivastava had been criticized and suffered brain damage.
“He is still on a ventilator and his health is critical. He has suffered brain damage. He is not yet conscious,” a source told PTI.
A well-known face in the entertainment industry since the 1980s, Srivastava rose to fame after participating in the first season of the stand-up comedy show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” in 2005.
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