Sharif had suffered a heart attack in August and had gone through two heart bypasses.
NEW DELHI — Legendary comedian Umer Sharif passed away in Germany on Saturday after battling serious health problems. He was 66.
Arts Council of Pakistan’s president Ahmed Shah confirmed Sharif’s death report to Dawn and said he had spoken to Sharif’s family members.
Pakistan’s ambassador to Germany, Dr Mohammad Faisal, also confirmed the news of Sharif’s demise.
“With deep sorrow it is announced that Mr Umer Sharif has passed away in Germany,” he tweeted. “Our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Our CG is present at the hospital to assist the family in every way.”
With deep sorrow it is announced that Mr. Umer Sharif has passed away. In #Germany. Our deepest condolences to hie family and friends. Our CG is present at the hospital to assist the family in every way.
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@DrMFaisal) October 2, 2021
As per a report by Dawn.com, on September 28, Sharif took an air ambulance to a hospital in the United States for treatment. On the journey, however, his condition worsened, and he was admitted to a hospital during a layover in Germany.
The veteran actor’s medical condition became a subject of national concern in Pakistan after 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 had assured him that it would help and the Sindh government also stepped in, sanctioning Rs40 million for his treatment.
Sharif had suffered a heart attack in August and according to his close friend, Pervaiz Kaifi, he had gone through two heart bypasses.
The news of the passing away of the loved by all Comedian King shocked and saddened the admirers of the actor all over the world.
Ali Zafar, the actor who has given Bollywood a few great movies also tweeted about his demise.
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.
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) October 2, 2021
Kapil Sharma also tweeted about his death and conveyed his condolences.
— Kapil Sharma (@KapilSharmaK9) October 2, 2021
German ambassador to Pakistan, Bernhard Schlagheck, deemed Sharif’s death “a tragic loss for the entertainment industry”.
Shocked to hear of the sudden passing of the great comedian #UmarSharif. A tragic loss for 🇵🇰 & the entertainment industry. I extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends & fans. https://t.co/1J3C84kmVs
— Bernhard Schlagheck (@GermanyinPAK) October 2, 2021
Prominent political figures in Pakistan across the part lines and governors and chief ministers expressed their condolences at the sad demise of the legend comedian.
Umer Sharif was born on April 19, 1955. He started his career as a stage performer using the name Umer Zarif but later renamed that to Umer Sharif. Two of his popular comedy stage plays were Bakra Qistoon Pe and Buddha Ghar Pe Ha.
Sharif received national awards for best director and best actor in 1992 for Mr. 420. He received ten Nigar Awards and remains the only actor to receive four Nigar Awards in a single year, reports Dawn.
He was also a recipient of the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz for his contributions as comedian, actor and producer in the entertainment industry.