Popular TV actor Kavi Kumar Azad, who was playing the character of Dr Hansraj Haathi in TV show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma, has died.
Confirming the news, Asit Kumarr Modi, the show’s producer, said that the actor died after suffering a massive heart attack. He has been unwell for past three days and was later taken to Wockhardt Hospital at Mira Road in Mumbai. According to an entertainment website, Azad slipped into the coma on Sunday night and this morning breathed his last.
“We are very sad to inform loss of our senior actor Kavi Kumar Azaad. He was playing the character of Dr Hathi in Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma. We lost him to a massive cardiac arrest today morning. He was an amazing actor and a very positive person. He truly Loved the show and always came for the shoot even if he was not feeling well. He called today morning that he is not well and will not be able to come for shoot. And later we got the news that he passed away. We are all too numb to say anything,” Modi was quoted by Times of India.
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.
The show is based on the column Duniya Ne Oondha Chashma written by columnist and journalist Taarak Mehta for Gujarati weekly magazine Chitralekha.