Television actor Kavi Kumar Azad, best known for his role of Dr. Hansraj Haathi in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma, passed away due to a heart attack.
Kavi Kumar Azad died on Monday afternoon; the actor was unwell and was admitted to Wockhardt Hospital at Mira Road. The show’s producer, Asit Kumar Modi, said the actor died after suffering a massive heart attack.
“We are very sad to inform loss of our senior actor Kavi Kumar Azaad. He was playing the character of Dr. Hathi in Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma. We lost him to a massive cardiac arrest today morning. He was an amazing actor and a very positive person. He truly Loved the show and always came for the shoot even if he was not feeling well. He called today morning that he is not well and will not be able to come for the shoot. And later we got the news that he passed away. We are all too numb to say anything,” Asit Kumar Modi said in a statement.
Apart from working on the small screen, Azad had also featured in a few films including Aamir Khan’s Mela and Funtoosh.
He was an integral part of Taarak Mehta that has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for ‘airing the highest number of episodes’ on television, both original and repeat. On June 28 this year, the cast and crew celebrated not the end of 2500 episodes but towards the show’s 5000th episode.