The Indian entertainment industry is still mourning the tragic death of one of their most popular characters on TV even days after Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma’s Kavi Kumar Azad.
Azad, who played the character of Dr Hathi was 45 years of age and was unmarried when he died of a sudden heart attack. Kavi Azad trended on internet for several days as his fans mourned his death.
Shocked! Kavi Kumar Azad who played the famous role of Dr. Haathi in Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasmah passes away due to heart attack.
Such a humorous character He played. He will really be missed. Rest in peace. ? pic.twitter.com/mP5kBV075Y
— Akash Jain (@akash207) July 9, 2018
The shocking news of Kavi Kumar Azad A.K.A. Hathi Bhai of TMKOC death just few hour’s ago?
R.I.P. HATHI BHAO
— ?aiyam ?? (@SaiyamRo45) July 9, 2018
Now it has emerged that actor Salman Khan had once paid for Azad’s medical bills after he needed a big surgery around eight years ago. A report by Spotboye.com said that Azad was brought to one Dr Muffi Lakdawala after he had collapsed on the set. Dr Muffi placed him on the ventilator, and after the operation was done, Hathi got a new lease of life with his weight coming down from from 265 kg to 140 kg.
While Dr Lakdawala did not charge his fees, Salman chipped in with taking care of hospital, operation and medicine costs. An overwhelmed Azad decided to meet the superstar to personally thank him. The revelation about Salman’s kind gesture and his decision to never talk about this is earning him plenty of plaudits on social media.
One fan wrote, “Our Salman has always been the best role model of Being Human.” Another fan wrote, “Thank you Salman . You are always helpful.”
Azad refused to go for the second bariatric surgery as advised by Dr Lakdawala. He feared that no one would offer him roles in TV industry if he lost weight.
Azad, who died last week, had been keeping unwell for past three days and was later taken to Wockhardt Hospital at Mira Road in Mumbai. He had slipped into coma on Sunday night and breathing his last a day later.
Azad was associated with Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma for the longest time. He had also featured alongside actor Aamir Khan in his film Mela.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared the popular TV series one of the brand ambassadors of Swacch Bharat scheme in the past.
The TV series is believed to be India’s longest running sitcom. The first episode of the show went on air on 28 July, 2008. It airs from Monday to Friday on SAB TV. Reruns of the show started on Sony Pal on 2 November, 2015.