Comedian Sammy Lagmay dead
MANILA, Philippines - Television and movie comedian Sammy Lagmay passed away Wednesday (June 26), 3:00 p.m.
Lagmay, 55, had been diagnosed sometime 2008 with diabetes, which later led to complications in his kidneys. He had been undergoing dialysis since last year and was also going blind.
Despite his illness, Lagmay managed to remain active from time to time. His last TV project was the comedy series "Sugo Mga Kapatid" in 2011.
It was through ensemble comedies in television that Lagmay gained fame, particularly "Chicks to Chicks" and "Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata," which satirized politics, machismo and class tensions in the freewheeling fashion set by Dolphy's "John en Marsha."
Despite being understandably prone to self-pity in his last interviews, Lagmay said he also wished to elicit a smile when remembered, as people do his idol Dolphy.
"Parang si Dolphy 'di ba, banggitin mo lang Dolphy mapapangiti ka na. Sana ganun din ako," Lagmay told "Startalk TX."
His former costars in "Chicks to Chicks" and "Abangan" paid tribute to Lagmay when they visited him at his Bulacan home, accompanied by the crew of GMA's "Wish Ko Lang!" which was aired in March.
Lagmay is survived by a sister, Mylene Mariano, his wife and 3 children. - With reports from Ricky Torre/Rappler.com