Legendary comedian Umer Sharif has passed away on Saturday in Germany.
Umer Sharif was being shifted to the United States through an air ambulance along with his wife Zareen Ghazal.
The air ambulance had to land in Germany after the health of the legendary comedian deteriorated. Germany had allowed the emergency landing on humanitarian grounds and extended the comedy king and his wife a 15-day visa.
Sharif was hospitalized in Berlin, where he breathed his last today.
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.”
Sharif had boarded an air ambulance for treatment at a hospital in the US on Sept 28. However, his condition deteriorated on the way, and was admitted to a hospital during a stopover in Germany.
The veteran actor’s medical condition became a subject of national concern 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.