Dolphy is dead at 83 years old, he was about to turn 84 on July 25. The Comedy King Dolphy, or Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr., died today, July 10, 2012, Tuesday at 8:40 p.m., at the Makati Medical Center due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Dolphy left behind 18 children from six different women, none of whom he married. The 18 children are: Six children with Grace Dominguez, four with Gloria Smith, four with Baby Smith, one with Vangie Tagulao, one with Alma Moreno, and two – of which one was adopted – with Zsa Zsa Padilla.
As a long-time ABS-CBN talent, and one of its performance venues named after him, The Dolphy Theater, the ABS-CBN Network issued a statement with regards to the passing awayof the Comedy King Dolphy:
ABS-CBN mourns the passing of Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr., known to all as “Dolphy”, the one and only King of Filipino Comedy.
Remembered as John Puruntong, Kevin Cosme and Pidol among many other names, he remains the symbol of every Juan de la Cruz who loves his children and can make light of life’s trials.
From being a peanut and “butong pakwan” vendor in a movie house to becoming one of the country’s biggest stars, many knew that Dolphy stayed humble and approachable. That is why his life, not just his roles, has been an inspiration to millions.
Dolphy’s first starring tv role was in Buhay Artista produced by ABS-CBN in the 1960s. He became a close and true friend of ABS-CBN’s Chairman Emeritus Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Jr. He would later on become a Kapamilya for more than 40 years.
Today, everyone at ABS-CBN joins his family and the whole nation in remembering his great life and career. Most of his works were huge box office successes, many were award-winning and all are now immortal in the hearts of Filipinos.
We will miss “Tito Dolphy”, an idol, a friend, and already a legend even while he lived.