MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Pepe Pimentel, the host of the defunct hit game show "Kuarta o Kahon," was found unconscious inside his house's bathroom on Thursday morning.
Carlos Reyes, a barangay official who was one of the first to respond to the incident, said the 83-year-old Pimentel collapsed while inside the bathroom past 10 a.m.
Reyes said Pimentel had no more pulse and his lips were already purple in color. However, he said no one among them could conclude whether the game show host was already dead.
"It looks like inatake siya while inside the bathroom, nabagok ang ulo niya," Reyes told dzMM.
|An ad for the defunct game show "Kuarta o Kahon" of Pepe Pimentel
Another doctor and neighbor, a certain Dr. Montaño, said Pimentel seemed to have "expired" but would not go as far as to declare that the elderly man was indeed dead.
"Rough assessment ko po iyon. Maganda po ay madala na po sa ospital," Montaño said.
"Malamig na rin [ang katawan] at wala na rin pulse. Wala na rin breathing at may dugo sa likuran ng ulo."
As of posting, Pimentel was still in his residence along Scout Tuazon in Barangay Laging Handa.
Pimentel was only living with his elderly wife Cecilia, young grandson James, and some maids.
A report by radio dzMM's Johnson Manabat quoted James as saying that they initially had no idea what to do and had to seek the help of neighbors.
"May nag-respondeng kapitbahay kaya lang iyung decision kung papaano ang gagawin, wala silang makuhang katulong na magdadala kay Tito Pepe," Manabat said.
"Iyung CR na kinalalagyan ni Tito Pepe ay nandoon sa loob ng kwarto sa kanang bahagi ng tahanan. Nakatihaya si Tito Pepe. Nilagyan na lang ng unan ni kagawad. Pero yung dugo eh nandon pa rin sa ulo ni Tito Pepe." - report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM