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Officials confirm Umer Sharif death in Germany, where he had been hospitalized for cardiac issues.
Umer Sharif, Pakistan’s greatest comedian, died at the age of 66 in Germany, according to reports. His death was verified by both his family and Pakistani authorities on Saturday.
As a result of Sharif’s deteriorating health, he was airlifted to the United States on the 28th of September, where he will undergo surgery the following week.
However, as his health deteriorated, he was transferred to a hospital in Germany for treatment.
With tremendous sadness, we must announce the passing of Mr. Umer Sharif,” Pakistani ambassador to Germany Mohammad Faisal posted on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time. On hand to support the family, our CG (consul general) is on site at the hospital.
Grief and eulogies poured in after hearing of his passing.
Politicians and dignitaries, including Prime Minister Imran Khan and opposition leaders Shehbaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, joined the entertainment and media industries in mourning the death of the entertainer.
His contribution to the arts world would be remembered for years to come, Khan said in a statement, noting that Sharif “had various talents” and “enjoyed a distinguished position in the field of acting and comedy.”
The Life and Times of Umar Shareef
Sharif began his career in theatrical plays in 1974 as a comic in Karachi’s southern port city, where he was born in 1955.
Over the course of a distinguished career spanning nearly five decades, he earned the title of “King of Comedy” in Pakistan.
He was also a successful producer in the worlds of television and film, having helmed several blockbuster projects.
However, the theatre remained his forte as he pioneered stage dramas in Pakistan with late comedic icon Moin Akhtar (who died in 2011).
Throughout his career, Sharif travelled to a large number of countries, performing for audiences of all ages.
Because of his brilliance, Sharif was beloved and admired in India, Pakistan’s archrival, where many performers have looked up to him as a teacher and mentor over the years.
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