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Pakistani comedian Umer Sharif dies at 66

Web report/Dubai
Filed on October 2, 2021


Sharif had been on his way to the US to seek treatment, but his health deteriorated in Germany

Veteran Pakistani comedian Umer Sharif has died in Germany, local media reported on Saturday.

Sharif, 66, had been on his way to the US to seek treatment when his health deteriorated.

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Soon after the news of his death broke, several artists and celebrities took to social media to offer their condolences.

Earlier in September, Sharif requested the Pakistani government to help him get treatment abroad in a video recorded for a local news outlet. He had been suffering from an undisclosed illness.

Sharif, who looked visibly sick, said in the video: "I have been told by my doctors that, for better treatment, I will have to go abroad. I believe I helped Imran Khan, as much as I could, with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital."

"Doctors are telling me I can get the best treatment in America. I, Umer Sharif, am now addressing the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan sahab. Whenever you have called me for anything, I have always been there for you, which is why I believe that you will also be there for me."

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's spokesperson Shahbaz Gill later told his followers that Khan's office had gotten in touch with Sharif to facilitate his request.

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