Comedian Babajie dies of pneumonia

SCREENSHOT: KMJS via GMA Public Affairs on YouTube

SCREENSHOT: KMJS via GMA Public Affairs on YouTube

Comedian Alfredo Cornejo Jr., more popularly known as Babajie, has passed on Monday afternoon, May 4, at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, where he had been confined since April 25 due to pneumonia.

Babajie's family made the initial announcement about his health conditions on his Facebook account last April 28. At that time, the family was still hopeful he’s recover.

 

Nakaconfine na po sya ngayon sa San Lazaro Hospital. Di na po sya makabangon at nagpapagaling na po sya. Humihingi po...

Posted by Queen Babajie Cornejo on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Two days later, reports about the comedian’s passing started going around online, prompting his disappointed family to issue a statement on Facebook to debunk the rumors.

"Sa mga nagpapakalat ho ng fakenews jan na patay na kuya ko. Ayan ho kapatid ko. Buhay na buhay pa," his sibling said on his Facebook post that came with a photo of them together inside the hospital. "Salamat po sa mga nagdasal at tumulong para sa kapatid ko. God bless you all."

 

Sa mga nagpapakalat ho ng fakenews jan na patay na kuya ko. Ayan ho kapatid ko. Buhay na buhay pa. Salamat po sa mga...

Posted by Queen Babajie Cornejo on Thursday, April 30, 2020

However, come May 4, his cousin Cid Cornejo confirmed the sad news on her own Facebook account by posting a throwback photo of her and Babajie with a message indicating that the 35-year-old comedian has already joined his Creator.

 

Un na pala un tinototoo mo ung mga msg mo sa akin..😭😭😭 Bakit? Maaga pa.. Bata ka ka pa.. Alam mo kuya na mahal na mahal...

Posted by Cid Cornejo on Monday, May 4, 2020

He is survived by his mother and three other siblings

Babajie, who was known for his self-deprecating jokes about his longish chin, was a regular featured artist in the longest-running gag show Bubble Gang on GMA Network. He also appeared in other shows such as Eat Bulaga and The Boobay And Tekla Show

In September last year, he was featured in Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho after his photo with friend, Cebu-based Italian model Ciro Tarallo, went viral online. 

"Goodbye is not forever," a mourning Ciro said in his Facebook post for Babajie. "Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I'll miss you. Until we meet again."

 

GOODBYES IS NOT FOREVER GOODBYES ARE NOT THE END THEY SIMPLY MEAN I’LL MISS YOU UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN....😢😢😢

Posted by Ciro Tarallo on Monday, May 4, 2020

At this moment, messages of love and condolences from his friends and supporters are pouring in on Babajie's Facebook account. 

Babajie's remains are currently in their house in Malibay, Pasay City. The funeral rites and burial date has yet to be announced.

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