TV actor Rakesh Diwana passes away at 48

‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ actor Rakesh Diwana passed away on Sunday (April 27) at Mohak Hospital in Indore after undergoing bariatric surgery on April 23. He developed complications after the surgery and died at the age of 48. He was also seen in the role of ‘Kumbhakaran’ in the popular serial ‘Ramayana’ telecast in 2008-09.

His family members claimed that Diwana, who played the role of Maharaj ji in hit TV serial Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, died due to hospital negligence.

However, the hospital management dismissed the charge. “Diwana had undergone bariatric surgery on April 23 and at that time his condition was normal. After the procedure, he suffered hypertension and brain stem dysfunction which deteriorated his condition and he was shifted to ICU,” the hospital said in a statement.

“All efforts were made to improve his condition, but he could not be saved,” he further said.

Diwana weighed 200 kg and had a body mass index (BMI) of 68. He had worked in a few Bollywood movies and TV serials including Ramayana, Rowdy Rathore, Double Dhamaal and Mahadev.

The actor's daughter Shivani Diwana is highly depressed with her father’s sudden death.  She feels that something went wrong in her father’s treatment.

Rakesh Diwana’s wife passed away five years ago, sources said.