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‘A tragic loss’: Politicians, celebrities pay last respect to legendary Umer Sharif

Veteran comedian Umer Sharif passes away in Germany. (Source: Facebook)

KARACHI: As the devastating news of the legendary Umer Sharif’s demise engulf the entire subcontinent in grief, the shattered hearts bid farewell and remember the glorious legacy of the man many simply called “a legend”.

Veteran comedian Umer Sharif passed away in Germany, local media reported on Saturday. The renowned artist was travelling to the US for treatment. He was 66.

In a statement, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail paid tribute to the deceased, saying, “The one who used to spread smiles on people’s faces has left everyone grieving today. Umer Sharif was big name in Pakistan’s film, television and theatre industry.

“I had met him numerous times and besides being a good artist, he was an excellent human being. I pray that Allah grants Umer Sharif the highest place in Jannah,” the Governor added.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed shock and grief at Sharif’s death. “The late comedian gave a new dimension to the art of comedy in Pakistan and took it to new heights,” he said, adding that the services of the legendary star would be remembered for life.

PTI leader Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said Sharif was “the uncrowned king of comedy” and that “the void created by his death may never be filled”.

“Complete loss of words on passing away of the legendary Umar Sharif sahab. May Allah grant him the highest place in Jannah and give his family peace. Ameen,” Singer and actor Ali Zafar wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, actor Humayun Saeed, “Deeply saddened to learn about Umer Sharif sb. He was without any doubt the ultimate comedy king. May Allah bless his soul. We will miss you Umer bhai!”