Pakistani actor Umer Sharif (66) passed away in Germany on Saturday. He was battling serious health problems. After Arts Council of Pakistan’s president Ahmed Shah spoke to Sharif’s family members, he confirmed the news.

The veteran comic was traveling to the US for medical treatment. He had boarded an air ambulance but his condition deteriorated on the way and was moved to a hospital in Germany during a stopover. It is said that he had suffered a heart attack in August and had undergone two bypass surgeries.

Sharif’s health had become a subject of national concern after he made a video appeal to Prime Minister Imran Khan to help me get a visa to travel abroad for medical treatment. The federal government promised assistance post the video. Even the Sindh government-sanctioned 40 million rupees for the treatment of the celebrated artiste.