Pakistani comedian and TV personality Omer Sharif dies at 66

Veteran Pakistani comedian and television personality Omer Sharif died in Germany on Saturday. He was 66 years old. The actor suffered from several ailments and was admitted to a hospital in Germany when his health deteriorated as he was taken to the United States for treatment.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Germany Dr Mohammad Faisal announced Sharif’s death. He wrote on Twitter: “With deep sadness 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 help the family in any way.

Sharif’s wife Zareen previously shared that the comedian was in a wheelchair and needed to be taken to the United States. She used to share updates about the comedian’s health on her Facebook account.

Omer Sharif gained worldwide fame with his TV program Bakra Qiston Pe.

Born in 1955 in Karachi, Omer began his career at the age of 14 in stand up comedy. He rose to prominence in Pakistan in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s and worked as a director, producer, actor and TV personality.

He received the National Award for Best Director and “Best Actor” in 1992 for the hit movie Mr 420. He was also the host of the very popular Geo TV show called The Shareef Show.