Dr Haathi of ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma’ aka Kavi Kumar Azad dead

Kavi Kumar Azad, who essayed the role of Dr Hansraj Haathi in the famous soap, ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma’ passes away due to cardiac arrest on Monday.

The actor was rushed to Mumbai’s Wokhardt Hospital after he complained of uneasiness. However, upon arrival, doctors declared him dead. Post-mortem is being conducted and the actor’s parents, who went to Lucknow to attend a wedding are returning to Mumbai after hearing the news.

The show’s producer, Asit Kumarr Modi, confirmed the news of the actor’s death. “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 shoot. And later we got the news that he passed away. We are all too numb to say anything,” Asit Kumarr Modi said in a statement.

Kavi Kumar Azad’s dead has left the TV world in deep shock. When the news of Kavi Kumar Azad’s dead reached the shooting spot, the show was cancelled.

Dilip Joshi, who plays Jethalal in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, shocked to learn the news. He said, “I am in London, I have no idea about this sad news. Even I am getting calls from everywhere and it is very shocking. I need to find out what happened.”

Mandar Chandwadkar, who plays Bhide said, “It’s such a shocking news. This morning we all were supposed to shoot for a sequence together at Filmcity. But then we came to know he is unwell so we decided to let him rest and go ahead with the scene without him. I will only say he completed all his work before leaving us. This was a fresh scene which we were supposed to shoot (crying). He didn’t leave anything incomplete. He was such a happy go lucky man. I still can’t believe that he is not with us. We used to sit together, eat together. As soon as he used to come, even before greeting us with a good morning, he used to ask, ‘Tiffin mein kya laya hai?’ He was a foodie in real life also. He is irreplaceable. Sahi maayane mein Azad ho gaya. I am sorry, I have to keep the phone, I can’t talk any more.”

May his soul rest in peace!