MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) -- Members of the showbiz industry mourned the passing of the country's "comedy king" Dolphy, who died on Tuesday night at the Makati Medical Center.
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Celebrities took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to express their sadness about the veteran actor's death after a five-year battle with a pulmonary disease.
Host and actress Kris Aquino said Dolphy's long-time partner, singer and actress Zsa Zsa Padilla sent her a text message at 8:50 p.m. to state simply, "He just passed away."
"Prayers and love for the Quizons, respect and gratitude for our King of Comedy," Aquino said on her official Twitter account.
Comedian Vice Ganda, who was among the first celebrities to offer his condolences on Twitter, tweeted, "Lord we thank you for giving us THE DOLPHY who unselfishly and passionately dedicated his whole life to make this world happy. Amen."
Actress Sharon Cuneta on Twitter: "My Tito Dolphy. The King of Comedy. A good father. Loving and devoted to Zsa Zsa. Extended help to whoever needed it and quietly. God brought him home not just to release him from his pain and suffering, but because He had lent Tito Dolphy to us for too long a time and wanted him home. I'm sure the Lord missed him. As I am sure we all will, from now on... Rest in peace, my beloved Tito Dolphy. I will continue to do my best to follow the beautiful example you set for all of us, even when you didn't know it. I love you from the bottom of my heart. I miss you sooooo very much already."
Sen. Ramong "Bong" Revilla, Jr., in a statement: "Lubhang akong nabigla at nalungkot sa pagpanaw ng ating Comedy King na si Tito Dolphy . Malaking kawalan siya sa industriya, ngunit sa pagbabalik tanaw, hindi matatawaran ang kanyang mga pamana sa larangan ng sining at sa ating kultura. Bilang isang ring taga-industriya, masuwerte kung sino man ang makakaabot sa kanyang narating.
"With over 200 movies and decades-long TV shows, we can only aspire for what he has accomplished. Nakikiramay po ang buong pamilya Revilla sa kanyang mga iniwan. Patuloy siyang magiging inspirasyon sa mga taga-industriya at sa mga Pilipino. Rest in peace Tito Dolphy."
Actor Richard Gomez: "Mahal ka namin, Mang Dolphy. Thank you for having the privilege of working with you in the movies. God bless you!"
Actress-host KC Concepcion: "To our beloved Tito Dolphy... You are loved by our nation. May you rest in peace."
Actress Lovi Poe, daughter of Dolphy's good friend Fernando Poe Jr.: "RIP Tito Dolphy. Thank you for the laughter. You truly touched our lives and made us all happy. You will be missed."
Comedienne Rufa Mae Quinto: “Bilang comedienne ako po ay nalulungkot sa nangyari sa ating Comedy King. Siya ang inspiration ko kaya ako nagpatawa ng nagpatawa.”
Young actress Julia Montes: “Comedy King, so sad my dream will not come true to work with the best. My prayers for the Comedy King and his family.”
Host and actor Edu Manzano: “Heaven became a happier place today. The angels will be laughing together with our one and only King of Comedy. Rest in peace, friend.”
Actress Ruffa Gutierrez: “RIP Ninong Dolphy. Thank you for making us laugh throughout the years. You will always be in our hearts. May your soul rest in peace.”
Actress Lea Salonga: “RIP, Comedy King. You are sorely missed. Condolences to the Quizon family, you are in our prayers.”
Actress Jolina Magdangal: "Gusto sumabog ng loob ko. Tatay Dolphy, I will miss you. Thank you for all the memories. Mahal ko po kayo."
Host Bianca Gonzalez: "Thank you for all the laughter and light, rest in peace Mang Dolphy."
Actress Angelica Panganiban: "Nakakaiyak!!! Walang rason para magsaya!!! Ang sakit Mang Dolphy!! Mang Dolphy, ikaw ang ama ng industriya. Ugat ng komedya. Salamat sa pagiging inspirasyon."
Actress Janice de Belen: "Thank you for all the laughter. I feel lucky and honored to have worked with you. May you rest in peace Tito Dolphy."
Host Mariel Rodriguez: "Thank you Tito Dolphy for living a selfless life! Thank you for all the laughter. You will continue to inspire us all."
Singer and songwriter Jim Paredes: "Zsa Zsa Padilla and to the Quizon clan, we offer our deep felt sorrow and condolences. Manong Dolphy, salamat sa lahat."
Singer Martin Nievera: "With a heavy heart and a bucket of tears let's all remember to 'smile' the way Dolphy would have wanted us to. I miss him already... Prayers."
Singer Gary Valenciano: "Been thinking of how to put into words exactly what I feel about Tito Dolphy's passing... It's like I'm frozen in my tracks. Stunned!"
Actress Giselle Tongi: "Eric Quizon confirmed in a text that his dad passed away. We will always love and respect you Tito Dolphy! Love and light!"