Actress Isabel Granada died at the age of 41 Saturday at the Hamad General Hospital in Doha, Qatar, her cousin, Joseph Rivera, who is based in Qatar, announced in a Facebook post.
“It is with great sadness and grief that my cousin Isabel Granada peacefully joined our creator at 18:00 today with the comfort the family,” Rivera said.
By 18:00 Rivera was referring to Doha time, which is 6 p.m., or 11:00 p.m. of the same day, Philippine time.
Just a day before, actor Robin Padilla was among Granada’s visitors at the hospital.
Granada, who gained fame as among the regulars on the TV show “That’s Entertainment,” had been in coma for a little over a week after suffering brain hemorrhage, according to earlier reports quoting her husband, Arnel Cowley.
The couple were in Doha for the Philippine Trade and Tourism Conference that was held last Oct. 20.
Also confirming the news were recent Facebook posts of former husband Angeles City Councilor Jericho Genaskey Aguas, former love team partner Chuckie Dreyfus, and dear friend actress Bianca Lapus.
Aguas posted this message: “Malaki ang naging parte mo sa aking buhay.. Binigyan mo ako ng isang gwapot matalinong anak, makulay ang 14 yrs nating pagsasama… Sa lahat… mula sa aking pusot kaluluwa.. maraming maraming salamat… pahinga ka na… paalam Isa…”
[You played a big part in my life… You gave me a handsome and smart kid, our 14 years together were colorful.. in all… from the bottom of my heart and soul… thank you very, very much… rest now… goodbye Isa…]
Dreyfus posted a throwback photo of her and the actress back in their teen days which he coupled with a message of gratitude and disbelief over Granada’s untimely demise.
Part of his message said, “Kasama mo nawala ang napakalaking parte ng buhay ko na kailanman hindi ko na maibabalik. Ayoko pa rin maniwala. Sana sa panaginip man lang makita at makausap kita kahit papaano. Kahit man lang doon. Paalam, Isa.”
[You took a big part of my life along with you that I will never be able to bring back. I still refuse to believe. I hope to see and talk to you even just in my dreams. Even just there. Goodbye, Isa.]
He closed his message with a reminder of love for his former love team partner, “Mahal na mahal na mahal kita.” By Alexander T. Magno, Clarizel Abanilla
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