MANILA, Philippines – Comedian Tado (real name: Arvin Jimenez), 39, was among those who died when a bus heading to Bontoc, Mountain Province, fell into a ravine on Friday, February 7.
According to a report from the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Council, Jimenez was among the 14 who died on the spot. Thirty-two more are injured. (READ: 14 dead in Mt Province bus accident)
The Florida tourist bus with plate number TXT 872 had at least 47 people on board when it fell.
Two foreigners – a Dutch and a Canadian national – also died in the accident.
Non-governmental organization DAKILA also confirmed the comedian’s passing on its Facebook page. Tado, said DAKILA, was among its founding members.
The comedian is survived by his wife and 4 children, according to the group.
One of Tado’s last posts on his Instagram was a picture of the bus bound for Bontoc. It had the caption: “Long trip, as in trip, trip.”
A Twitter post by Dakila said Tado was going to Bontoc for the 40 Mountains Project, which uses as slogan a quote from the comedian himself: “Life begins at the mountain.” “My journey begins here,” wrote the comedian in a Instagram post promoting the project.
On social media, Tado’s friends and fans expressed grief over his death:
Local police said the accident is believed to have been caused by either loose brakes or human error, since the weather was clear and there was no traffic when the bus fell between 7:00 and 8:00 am. – Rappler.com