Comedian Chokoleit passes away at 48

MANILA, Philippines – Comedian Chokoleit, whose real name is Jonathan Aguilar Garcia, passed away on Saturday night, March 9. He was 48.

Comedian Chokoleit passes away at 46
Rest in peace, Chokoleit!

The sad news was confirmed by ABS-CBN's talent arm Star Magic on Sunday morning. In a statement, they said that the cause of death is still being confirmed. “Details are still being gathered. Chokoleit was performing in an out of town show in Abra, and experienced difficulty in breathing after his performance."

READ: Chokoleit’s last performance in Abra draws praise for professionalism despite difficulties

Chokoleit was in Abra for the Kawayan Festival 2019. Hours before he died, the comedian sang “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok ko” to bring laughter to the crowd.

Carl Guevarra of local band The Juans, the act who performed before Chokoleit went up on stage described the struggle that the comedian went through.

He wrote on Instagram, “‪Unbelievable. Chokoleit performed right after our set and we witnessed how he struggled through the entire performance. The ambulance rushed him to the hospital but now we were informed he didn't make it and passed away. We are all in shock. Prayers to all his loved ones. ‬RIP.”

Celebrities and friends have posted on social media their messages of condolences. Vice Ganda, a friend of Chokoleit wrote, “Thank you Lord for giving me a chance to meet Chokoleit and become his friend. I'm sad that we lost him."

“But happy that he’ll be in a much peaceful and happier place now with you. Thanks for everything Chokie. I love you!,” Vice continued.

Chokoleit made a name in the entertainment industry after he appeared as Pearly in the 2004 fantaserye Marina. He also appeared in other ABS-CBN shows Kampanerang Kuba (2005), Mara Clara (2010), Aryana (2012) and Asintado (2018).

— Sally, The Summit Express

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