MANILA, Philippines—Actor-comedian Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon died Tuesday night, his son told reporters.
Eric Quizon, who has acted as spokesman for the family, said Dolphy left at 8:34 p.m. following a cardiac arrest.
“He lived a full life. He is at rest. He is at peace,” said Quizon hours after news of his father first broke on the social media network Twitter.
Quizon said his father “knew as he was going how much the country loved him and knew that everyone was praying for him”.
“If he could he would have stayed so just he could thank you personally,” said Quizon of Dolphy who has been confined at the Makati Medical Center since June 9 for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Quizon said that while his father’s “spirit was strong his body has so weakened he had to go”.
“On behalf of everyone who loved him — my brothers, sisters, Zsa Zsa [Padilla], we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Quizon.
He asked that the people “pray for his [father’s] eternal repose”.
Quizon said that “heaven would be a happier place with him there”.
He said, however, that “for us whom he has left behind, comedy is dead but long live comedy”.
Dolphy, known in Philippine entertainment as the “Comedy King”, is survived by common law wife and actress-singer Zsa Zsa Padilla and 18 children.
‘Humble, honest, and helpful’
President Benigno Aquino led the nation in paying tribute to Dolphy, calling him the embodiment of the “humble, honest, and helpful” Filipino, who made life easier for his friends and followers in the face of daunting challenges.
“He changed not just his industry, but also the national consciousness,” Aquino said in a statement.
“Through his art, he widened our outlook, he gave us the power to find and cherish happiness in our daily lives.”