NUREMBERG (Dunya News) – Pakistani veteran comedian Umer Sharif on Saturday has passed away at the age of 66 years after prolonged illness.
The artist was set to resume his journey today to United States (US) for medical treatment three days after his stay in Germany.
Umer Sharif was admitted to a hospital in Germany’s Nuremberg on September 29 as his health condition deteriorated during flight to the United States.
Earlier, the departure of renowned comedian for treatment abroad was postponed due to his critical health. His blood pressure dropped while he was undergoing a dialysis.
While expressing grief over the demise of the legendry artist, comedian, stage actor and director of infotainment in Dunya News, Sohail Ahmed said that Umer Sharif had entertained several people across the sub-continent. Big personalities used to wait to have one glimpse of this kind-hearted person, he added.
Sohail Ahmed said that Umer Sharif was a loving and caring person as he was guardian of many children in his family.
He further prayed for the peace of the departed soul and urged the government to allocate funds and other facilities for such artists.
Actor Javed Sheikh said that he was shocked to hear the news of Umer Sharif’s death as the legendary comedian was one of his closest friends. Umer was father of comedy and no one can attain that level, he added.
Meanwhile, Indian singer Daler Mehndi said Umer Sharif will always be remembered and that no one can fill the gap left by him. He also thanked Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan for making all the possible arrangements for the medical treatment of the artist.
Indian actor Randeep Hooda has also thanked Umer Sharif for spreading laughs across the globe and prayed for the rest of his soul.
Host of an Indian comedy show Kapil Sharma, also expressed grief over sad demise of Umer Sharif in a tweet and said "Alvida legend may your soul Rest In Peace".
Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez also took to social-networking website and posted, “Sad news King of comedy is passed away. Condolences to his family and to all fans. May Allah bless him jannah Palms up together Aameen.”
Regarded as one of greatest comedians in sub-continent
Born on April 19, 1955, Umer Sharif was a Pakistani actor, comedian, director, producer and television personality. He started started his career from Karachi as a stage performer at the age of 14 in 1974.
Some of his extremely popular comedy stage plays were 1989’s Bakra Qistoon Pe and Buddha Ghar Pe Ha.
In October 2009, Umer Sharif started hosting late-night talk show, The Shareef Show on private television channel and interviewed many actors, entertainers, musicians, and politicians.
He also participated in Indian stand-up comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge as a guest judge.
Umer Sharif received national awards for Best Director and Best Actor in 1992 for Mr. 420. He also received ten Nigar Awards.
The artist was also honored with three Graduate Awards. He was also a recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.