How ‘Rufa’ broke Dolphy’s death

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Confusion momentarily ensued on Twitter as news organizations and netizens tried to verify the news of Dolphy's death

MANILA, Philippines – The news of Dolphy’s death on the evening of July 10 first broke on Twitter. 

Actress Rufa Mae Quinto claimed she was the first to tweet about the death of the Comedy King.

But it was actress Ruffa Gutierrez’s post that spread like wildfire in the microblogging site.  

Gutierrez and Quinto were together in Bataan for the shooting of their upcoming TV fantaserye Enchanted Garden directed by Eric Quizon, one of Dolphy’s sons and the designated spokesperson of the family.

Mau Herrera, a member of the production staff of Enchanted Garden, told Rappler that Quizon headed back to Manila about 30 minutes before the news spread on Twitter. Herrera said she heard Quizon say, “The doctor has stopped his father’s medication,” before he left the set. 

Jimmy Aguilera, another staff member who was with Gutierrez and Quinto, told Rappler it was Boy-2 Quizon who informed Quinto about the death of Dolphy. Quinto is the rumored girlfriend of Boy-2, one of Dolphy’s grandsons. 

Both Gutierrez and Quinto deleted their initial tweets. Based on the time stamps of the tweets reacting to and retweets of Quinto’s post, the actress broke the news at around 8:25 pm.

Gutierrez tweeted she heard the sad news at about 8:27 pm and tweeted about the Comedy King’s death at 8:35 pm. 

Journalists, including ABS-CBN news anchor Karen Davila, retweeted Gutierrez’s tweet at 8:48 pm, even before her network confirmed the news.


At the time, various news organizations also posted disclaimers on their respective Twitter accounts, saying they were still verifying Dolphy’s death.



Meanwhile, Yahoo! Philippines, News5Aksyon and some netizens tweeted Dolphy was still alive:

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Twitter user @mykapalaran posted that he got a text message from a friend who was with Eric Quizon that Dolphy was still alive. @News5Aksyon retweeted his post: 


Confusion ensued on Twitter as news organizations and netizens tried to verify the news. 






Others urged calm and caution:




At 9:06, ABS-CBN reported ZsaZsa Padilla confirmed that Dolphy indeed passed away.

The online exhilaration turned into viral mourning:

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