Renowned writer Taarak Mehta passes away!

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The renowned Indian humorist, columnist, writer and playwright Taarak Mehta passed away at the age of 87 after prolonged illness this morning.

Best known for the popular column Duniya Ne Undha Chashma in Gujarati language, the popular TV show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is based on his column.

Mehta has translated and adapted several comedies into Gujarati, and has been popular in Gujarati theatre.

He has published 80 books, over the years, three books are based on the columns he wrote in Gujarati newspaper Divya Bhaskar while rest were compiled from the stories in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.

As soon as the news was out on Wednesday morning, condolences poured in from fans as they took to Twitter to show their support. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also extended his condolence on hearing the news.