Fil-Am comedian Rembrandt Sabelis passes away

ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Oct 26 2016 03:57 PM | Updated as of Oct 29 2016 08:45 AM

A Filipino-American actor and comedian passed away last Sunday after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Rembrandt Sabelis was a regular in the 1990s television series Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. He also made an appearance on the hit series 90210.

Sabelis was once interviewed on "Share that with Cher Calvin" on Balitang America where he revealed his tough journey as a child star and losing his father to cancer and why he turned from acting to stand-up comedy.

"The only reason I joined comedy is because it was the hardest thing I could do as an actor and I tried to take that pain from comedy with everything that I’ve gone through and express it," he said. 

Shortly after that interview, Sebelis found a large mass in his right arm. Doctors had to amputate it.

"I was given a gift when I was told I had cancer and they had to remove my right arm. As crazy as it might sound, it opened my eyes to that: time is not promised to you," he said.

Regardless of the devastating turn of events, Sabelis took his new reality and turned it into a positive and used his time to continue doing what he loved--stand-up comedy.

On Sunday, friends heartbroken of the news, shared their thoughts on the passing of the Fil-Am comedian at the Greek Theater for Filipino American Heritage Night.

"He's really one of those people that did something in the community, really brought Filipinos together...especially Filipino comedians and those in the industry. He wanted to make this community a more cohesive community. Much condolences to the family to the kids," said Peterson Gonzaga. 

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