Popular Punjabi stage actor and comedian, Tariq Teddy, passed away in Lahore at the age of 46, days after he was put on a ventilator after a prolonged illness.
Doctors at the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) revealed that the late actor suffered from liver-related health issues, which reportedly worsened with time, leading to his untimely death.
The King of Laughter, Teddy was born in Faisalabad in the year 1976 and commenced his career in performing arts by 1990. From Mama Pakistani to Abhi To Main Jawan Hun, his contribution to the arts and the theatre world remains noteworthy.
He was also best known for his comedic performance in the 2004 film Salakhain due to his sharp and witty comebacks.
Teddy had a knack for playing clever roles in stage plays and Punjabi films.
Some of these famous stage dramas are Ji Karda, Do Rangeley, Beatho Beatho Liya Dala, Asli Tay Naqli, Jhoot Bolda, Mirch Masala, Ghoonghat Utha Loon, and Eid Da Chan.
The late actor is survived by his widow, a son Junaid and two daughters, Safa and Marwa.
Teddy was laid to rest at Shah Fareed Darbar in Sabzazar Colony, Lahore, on Saturday.
Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi expressed sorrow on Teddy’s death. He announced that Rs3 million will be allocated to his family as monetary aid. “We will not leave the deceased’s family alone at such a difficult time. As a comedian, he made a lot of people laugh and spread joy,” Elahi said in a statement.
Teddy’s brother Shehbaz said that he was admitted to the PKLI in the first week of November where he had been kept in the intensive care unit.
He was on a ventilator but doctors removed it after eight days, Shehbaz said.
CM Elahi had directed the health department to take care of him. The CM said the government would bear the expenses of Teddy’s treatment.
Teddy made it big in commercial theatre in the 90s.
He tied the knot twice but divorced both wives.
CONDOLENCES: Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi, Federal Information Minister Mariyum Aurangzaib, showbiz personalities and people from different walks of life paid rich tribute to Tariq Teddy, saying his services for the promotion of theatre would be remembered.
The news of Tariq Teddy’s death was received with grief by his colleagues and all stage and cultural performances in the province were halted for three days.
Information Minister Mariyum prayed for the departed souls and said, “Tariq Teddy had brought smiles to people through his performance in stage plays and films. He left his fans sad and his services will be remembered forever.”
Senior state and film artiste Shiba Butt said, “I had known and worked with Tariq Teddy for the past three decades. I deem him as the stage with a unique style. Tariq spent his whole life making the people happy and the industry will always remember his services.”
Theatre producer Tariq Javed said, “Tariq Teddy was a guarantee of success for any stage drama and he had his own audience that liked his style of Punjabi jugat and dialogues.”
He said the late artiste was a great human being and he had always been ready to guide his juniors. He was cooperative with his team and producers,” Javed added.