Umer Sharif, Pakistan’s ‘comedy king’, dies aged 66 | News Arts and Culture

Sharif, who was battling heart disease, died in Germany, officials confirm.

Legendary Pakistani comedian Umer Sharif has died in Germany aged 66.

His death on Saturday was confirmed by his family and Pakistani officials.

Sharif, who was battling heart disease, was airlifted out of Pakistan by air ambulance on September 28 for surgery in the United States scheduled for next week.

However, he was admitted to a hospital in Germany during a layover as his condition deteriorated.

“With deep sadness, it is announced that Mr. Umer Sharif has passed away,” Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Germany, wrote on Twitter. “Our deepest condolences to him [sic] family and friends. Our CG [consul general] is present at the hospital to help the family in every way.

The news of his death caused an outpouring of grief and a multitude of tributes.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and opposition leaders Shehbaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were among a number of politicians and dignitaries who joined the entertainment and media industry to mourn the death of the entertainer.

“He was multi-talented and enjoyed a distinct position in acting and comedy,” Khan said in a statement, adding that Sharif’s contribution to the arts world will be remembered for many. years to come.

Born in 1955 in the southern port city of Karachi, Sharif started as a comedian in plays in 1974.

An illustrious career spanning nearly five decades has seen him widely hailed as Pakistan’s “Comedy King”.

He has also been involved in television and films, producing several major hits.

The stage, however, remained his forte as he – along with late comedy icon Moin Akhtar, who died in 2011 – pioneered stage dramas in Pakistan.

Sharif has performed in dozens of countries around the world during his career.

His talent transcended the boundaries of politics, as evidenced by the love and adoration he received in neighboring rival India, where many artists over the years have looked to Sharif as a mentor.

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