Umer Sharif, Pakistan's 'King of Comedy', dies in Germany; Pakistan mourns

Pakistan's entertainment industry was in mourning over the death of Umer Sharif, one of the country's most popular comic actors and hailed by many as the "King of Comedy", who died in Germany on Saturday, Pakistani media reported

Oct 02, 2021
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Umer Sharif, Pakistan's 'King of Comedy', dies in Germany

Pakistan's entertainment industry was in mourning over the death of Umer Sharif, one of the country's most popular comic actors and hailed by many as the "King of Comedy", who died in Germany on Saturday, Pakistani media reported. He was 66 and was battling heart ailments. The entertainer was on his way to the US for better treatment but the end came when in transit in Nuremberg, Germany. 

Pakistan’s ambassador to Germany, Dr Mohammad Faisal, shared the news of Sharif’s death. He wrote on Twitter, “With deep sorrow it is announced that Mr. Umer Sharif has passed away. In #Germany. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Our CG is present at the hospital to assist the family in every way.”

Sharif’s wife Zareen had earlier shared that the comedian was wheelchair-bound and had to be taken to the US in an air ambulance. She used to share updates about the comedian’s health on his Facebook account. 

The Pakistani entertainment industry mourned his passing with popular singer Mahira Khan saying: "You shall always be remembered. Thank you for laughter (sic)"

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his grief and tweeted: "Saddened to learn of Umer Sharif's  passing. I had the good fortune of touring with him to raise funds for SKMT (the cancer hospital built in the Prime Minister's mother's name). He was one of our great entertainers and will be missed."