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Celebrities mourn as Dolphy passes away, Filipinos rush to Twitter with hashtag RIP Dolphy

By on Jul 10, 2012 in Asia, Entertainment, Local, Movies, Television, World Comments

Manila, Philippines – Local celebrities mourn as Comedy King Dolphy passes away, while netizens (Internet users) used the hashtag RIP Dolphy on Twitter to voice out their sorrow on the loss of one of the most respected comedians in the country.


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According to local news on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, Dolphy, or Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr. in real life, passed away at 8:34 p.m. (local time) at the Makati Medical Center, after a 5-year battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with Dolphy‘s long-time partner, singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla confirming his death.

As noted in reports, Dolphy, who is about to turn 84 this coming July 25, was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Saturday, June 9, after complaining of difficulty in breathing, and since then, his family has been taking good care of him and updating the public on his condition.

Meanwhile, noted celebrities and artists from different TV networks immediately rushed to Twitter and expressed their sadness and sent condolences to the family of the King of Comedy, which includes Sharon Cuneta, Richard Gomez, Kris Aquino, Angelica Panganiban, Jolina Magdangal, among others.

“Today, everyone at ABS-CBN joins his family and the whole nation in remembering his great life and career. Most of his works were huge box office successes, many were award-winning, and all are now immortal in the hearts of Filipinos.” A statement reads at

“We will miss “Tito Dolphy“, an idol, a friend, and already a legend even while he lived.” The network added, noting that Dolphy had his first starring TV role in ‘Buhay Artista’ produced by ABS-CBN in the 1960s, and had a comedy sitcom from 1992 to 2003 titled Home Along Da Riles‘ on the same network.

Dolphy, who has 18 children by six different women but was never married, also starred in ‘John En Marsha‘, the longest-running and most-watched prime time comedy in the country, which ran from 1973 to 1990 at RPN-9, where he played the role of John Purúntong, which became a household name.

Dolphy has starred in more than 100 movies since the early 1950s, with his last movie Father Jejemon released in 2010; and is also known for his various gay characters; and won some Best Actor awards as well, including a FAMAS Best Actor award in 1978 for his role in the movie “Omeng Satanasia.”

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