Veteran comedienne Tia Pusit. File photo
MANILA - (2nd UPDATE) Comedienne Tia Pusit died on Thursday night, according to her sister Nova Villa. She was 66.
Myrna Villanueva in real life, Tia Pusit passed away at 11:30 p.m. at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City, nearly a month after she underwent double bypass surgery.
She is survived by her four children.
Villa told ABS-CBN News that Tia Pusit endured a host of medical complications, including brain hemorrhage, since her operation last September 9. She had been in the hospital since April and was battling kidney failure and aortic aneurysm.
Tia Pusit's wake will be held starting Saturday at St. Peter Memorial Chapel in Quezon City, according to Villa.
In recent months, family and friends of Tia Pusit had been raising funds for the treatment of the comedienne.
A concert scheduled on October 5, organized by Tia Pusit's friends and colleagues, was to shoulder expenses of her hospitalization.
Comedian Christopher Borja (Inday Garutay), one of the participants in the concert, told ABS-CBN News that the show will still push through at comedy bar Zirkoh in Quezon City, but will instead have proceeds go to the funeral of Tia Pusit.
Tia Pusit was best known for her feisty comedic roles in a career spanning more than three decades.
She started as a radio talent on Radyo Veritas alongside sister Villa. In 1982, she made her television debut as Gloria Diaz's co-star in "Eh, Kasi Babae" and went on to appear in several comedy films.
Tia Pusit was last seen in the ongoing primetime series "Ikaw Lamang" as Kim Chiu's nanny and confidante. -- Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News