ANC, via its Facebook page, confirms that the country’s Comedy King, Dolphy, has passed away tonight, July 10. According to GMA Network, a close family relative confirmed his time of death at 8:40 pm. He was 83 years old. He would have turned 84 on July 25.
Known to have suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Dolphy was rushed to Makati Medical Center last June due to pneumonia. His critical condition prompted renewed calls for the veteran actor to be named as a National Artist, but the prognosis seemed to be improving; as recently as three days ago, Inquirer’s Nestor U. Torre even reported that "Dolphy’s parlous medical condition started to improve".
The Makati Medical Center has released a statement, saying: "We would like to inform you that Mr. Rodolfo ’Dolphy’ Quizon passed away at 20:34 due to multiple organ failure secondary to complications brought about by severe pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute renal failure."
At about midnight, son Eric Quizon delivered a statement to the media. "He lived a full life," he began. "He’s at rest. He’s at peace. He knew as he was going how much the country loved him. He knew how everyone was praying for him. And if he could, he would have stayed just so he could thank you personally. But where his spirit was strong, his body had so weakened. He had to go. Pray for his eternal repose and in his honor, please smile at the person standing next to you. Heaven is a happier place with him there. And for us whom he’s left behind, comedy is dead but long live comedy."
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