Dolphy in critical condition

MANILA, Philippines -  That comedy king Dolphy has not been in the pink of health for quite some time now is not secret to his fans.

In fact, even if he returned to TV after a long hospitalization last April — even appearing in "Paparazzi" with a video message saying, “Ito po si Dolphy hindi po ako dobol," like the comedian that he is — his fans never really stopped worrying.

He turns 85 years old next month.

Last June 9, Dolphy was rushed yet again to the hospital and has been confined in the ICU because of complications due to pneumonia. Son Eric Quizon, in a statement he released to the media today, has assured concerned fans that his father “is responding to treatment very well.” 

“(The pneumonia) made him weak because of his COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),” Eric says. "He is still under observation and round-the-clock intensive care to make sure he recovers faster.” 

Dolphy is breathing with the aid of a respirator.

Long-time partner Zsazsa Padilla and daughter Zia expressed their gratitude to fans' prayers over Twitter. A fan has also started the hashtag #PrayforDolphy.

In his last on cam interview, Dolphy's parting words were, “Huwag kayong mag-alala. I'm OK, I love you all."

RAPPLER just got word that Zsazsa Padilla has chosen to leave the line-up of Filipino artists performing tomorrow at the grand launch of the Mall of Asia Arena in light of Dolphy's current condition. 

Zsazsa was supposed to be part of the show “Icons at the Mall of Asia Arena” with other multi-awarded OPM (Original Pilipino Music) artists Lea Salonga, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Jose Mari Chan, Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez. 

Rachel Alejandro, who will take Zsazsa's place in the line-up, says she is honored to be part of a concert of this magnitude and perform side by side with the country's singing icons.

"Of course I would have preferred to be joining the cast under different circumstances," says Rachel. "Zsazsa and Tito Dolphy have always been super nice to me. My love and prayers go out to them both." 

Update: 

As of 12 midnight, June 16, The Philippine Star columnist Ricky Lo updated his column, saying that — according to the latest medical bulletin — "Dolphy is recovering beautifully." He is still breathing with the aid of a respirator. - Rappler.com