MANILA (UPDATED) - Comedian Richie D' Horsie passed away on Friday evening. He was 58.
According to his niece, April Alcober, D' Horsie died in his residence at 9:24 p.m.
The actor died "due to complication of diabetes, kidney failure and brain stroke," Alcober said in a text message to ABS-CBNnews.com.
On her Facebook page, screenwriter-actress Bibeth Orteza posted on Saturday morning: "Rest in Peace, Ricardo Reyes, aka Ritchie D' Horsie. Godspeed."
Orteza and D' Horsie were co-stars in the TV comedy show "Iskul Bukol."
Orteza said D' Horsie had been in and out of the hospital.
"He'd been in and out of the hospital; around the same time a year ago, I saw him in a wheelchair, waiting for Vic S at the foot of the Eat Bulaga hosts' entrance—but still cheerful, I must say, or making an effort to pass off as cheerful," she said.
D' Horsie's wake will be held at Loyola Marikina. No date has been set yet for his burial, Alcober said.
D' Horsie rose to fame in the 1970s as a sidekick of the trio Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon.
He was part of the TV shows "Discorama," "Iskul Bukol," and "Eat Bulaga."