8 late Filipino comedians who once made you laugh

Anne Marielle Eugenio
PUBLISHED July 21, 2017 02:29 pm | UPDATED July 24, 2017 10:50 am

(Inside Manila) Comedians have always been one of the best sources of laughter, especially for us Filipinos who just love good old jokes and humor.

It’s sad to learn that these comedians strive to make their audience laugh, yet they are facing things hidden beneath their funny façade. Some were left settling for small shows to make a living while others face deadly diseases their audience are unaware of. The next thing we know, the showbiz industry had already lost one of its comedians.

Inside Manila listed eight of the people who once made you laugh and made you sad when upon learning their unfortunate fate.

Joy Viado (September 10, 2016)

Photo grabbed from Summit Express

Known for playing Lola Paulo in the youth-oriented show "Luv U", Joy Viado made headlines in 2015 when she appealed for help in order to save her leg from being amputated due to diabetes complications. A year later, the comedienne was announced to have suffered a heart attack and arrived dead at the hospital.

Tia Pusit (October 2, 2016)

Photo grabbed from GMA

Tia Pusit or Myrna Villanueva in real life, had a couple of medical complications, which the reason why she has been in the hospital for months. She had been undergoing operations but in October of the same year, Tia Pusit passed away due to multiple organ failures at the age of 66. There was a fundraising concert meant to help settle her hospital bills but the money went to her funeral instead.

Dolphy (July 10, 2012)

Photo from Rappler

The death of "King of Comedy" became a great loss for the entertainment industry. At the age of 83, Dolphy succumbed to death due to organ failure and complications brought about by diseases. Despite his death, his leagcy still lives on. President Benigno Aquino III declared July 13, 2012 as the "National Day of Remembrance" for Dolphy.

Redford White (July 25, 2010)

Left to right: Redford and Babalu (Star cinema: Scene from haba baba doo puti puti poo) 

Cipriano Cermeño II or Redford White was born with albinism and this became his trademark as a comedian. In 2010, he suffered from lung cancer and brain tumor and died in July of the same year. He is remebered through his films like Iskul Bukol”, “Home Along Da Riles” and “Daddy Di Do Du”.

Palito (April 12, 2010)

Photos by Dennis Villegas

Ramon Hipolito was an iconic Filipino slapstick comedian of the 1970s and 1980s. Because of his thin body built, he was dubbed as Palito (matchstick). Contrary to his life when he was at the height of his career, Palito settled for small stage shows to make a living during his later years. In 2010, he was confined to a hospital and in April of the same year, he was declared dead due to lung complications.

Yoyoy Villame (May 18, 2007)

Photo from last.fm

A native of Bohol, Yoyoy Villame was a notable comedian, novelty singer and composer. He also wrote songs like "Butse Kik", "Mag-exercise Tayo", "Magellan" and starred in over 50 films. He also became a Las Pinas City councilor for 10 years. Sadly, he died at the age of 74 in May 2007.

Babalu (August 27, 1998)

Left to right: Redford and Babalu (Movie stills)

As one of the most beloved comedians of all time, Pablito Sarmiento or Babalu made thousands mourn due to his death. Noted for his pointy chin, he was a fine comedian that starred in various films and television sitcoms like “Home Along Da Riles” and “Oki Doki Doc”. He died of liver cancer at the age of 56.

Rene Requiestas (July 24, 1993)

Rene Requiestas and Kris Aquino (Scene from Pido Dida III)

Best remembered for his roles as Cheetaeh in "Cheeta-eh: Gandang Lalaki" and Pido in "Pido Dida" alongside Kris Aquino, Renato "Rene" Requiestas can be considered as one of the best Filipino comedians. Probably because of his showbiz lifestyle, Rene had a habit of smoking and drinking which resulted into tuberculosis and other complications. Soon, Rene had his untimely death at the age of 36.



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