On June 16, 2012, he was admitted at the Makati Medical Center after complaining of shortness of breath. He was showing signs of recovery 8 days later, but was hospitalized again in early July because of recurring pneumonia.
Dolphy died on July 10, 2012 at the age of 83 at exactly 8:34pm due to multiple organ failure, secondary to complications brought about by severe pneumonia.. He died a few days before he would have celebrated his 84th birthday on July 25.
Remembered as John Puruntong, Kevin Cosme (Home Along the Riles) 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.
Dolphy’s first starring tv role was in Buhay Artista produced by ABS-CBN in the 60's. 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.
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