New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Legendary Pakistani comedian Umer Sharif on Saturday passed away in Germany after battling serious health problems. Sharif was 66-year-old. Umer Sharif's demise was confirmed by Pakistan's ambassador to Germany, Dr Mohammad Faisal, who extended his condolences to his family members. 

With deep sorrow it is announced that Mr Umer Sharif has passed away in Germany. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Our CG is present at the hospital to assist the family in every way," he tweeted. 

According to a report by Pakistani media outlet Dawn, the 66-year-old comedian had boarded an air ambulance to the US for his treatment on September 28. However, his health deteriorated on the way and he was admitted to a hospital in Germany during a stopover. 

Umer Sharif's health condition grabbed the attention when he made a video appeal to Prime Minister Imran Khan to help him secure a visa to travel abroad for medical treatment. The federal government later promised him help and the Sindh government even also extended him help by allocating Rs 40 million for his treatment. 

Bollywood celebrities including comedian Kapil Sharma and Ali Zafar also consoled the demise of the Comedy King. Kapil Sharma termed Sharif as a legend and condoled his death in a tweet.   

Ali Zafar tweeted, "Complete loss of words on passing away of the legendary Umar Sharif sahab. May Allah grant him the highest place in Jannah and give his family peace. Ameen".

Umer Sharif was born on April 19, 1955, in Liaquatabad, Karachi, to an Urdu-speaking family. He rose to fame as a comedian and stage artist in Pakistan in the 1980s and 1990s. His popularity also grew with the Indian audience in that time period following which he toured India on several occasions and treated his fans with performances in award ceremonies.

Sharif in his long career appeared in over 60 stage comedies and various television shows, as well as producing, directing, and acting in two major films. The comedian was widely recognised as one of Asia's most popular.

‘Bakra Qiston Pay’ Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (1989), ‘Dulhan Main Lekar Jaonga’, ‘Salam Karachi’, ‘Meri Bhi To Eid Karade’, ‘Nayee Aami Purana Abba’, ‘Yeh Hay Naya Tamasha’, and ‘Yeh Hay Naya Zamana’ are some of his critically acclaimed stage works.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan