Kavi Kumar Azad aka. Dr Hansraj Hathi, from Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma, passed away on 9th July 2018. He was admitted to Wockhardt Hospital in Mira Road. He slipped into coma on Sunday night and passed away this afternoon.

The show's producer, Asit Kumar Modi, said the actor died after suffering a massive heart attack. In a statement, he said that,

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.

Besides Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma, Azad worked in other shows as well, and also in movies like Funtoosh and Mela, sharing screen space with Aamir Khan.

He was an indispensable part of Taarak Mehta series, that has entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for ‘airing the highest number of episodes’ on television, both original and repeat. The show is nearing completion of their 5000th episode.

Source - BI 

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