Comedian Sammy Lagmay passes away

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MANILA, Philippines — Comedian Sammy Lagmay passed away on Wednesday afternoon due to complications brought about by diabetes, his sister Mylene Mariano told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

He was 55.

A former production office messenger, the funny man was discovered and became a mainstay on the 1980s sitcom “Chicks to Chicks” on IBC 13.

He often played the put-upon sidekick in several sitcoms (“Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata,” “George and Cecil”) and movies (“Bala at Lipstick,” “My Monster Mom”) and also worked as assistant director on ABS-CBN shows (“That’s My Doc,” “Okay Fine Whatever”).

Colleagues in show business remember Lagmay fondly.

Actress Carmi Martin, a co-star on “Chicks,” told the Inquirer that Lagmay was “a good man.”

Actor Roderick Paulate, star of “Abangan” and “Bala,” remembered him as “simple, humorous.”

Fellow comic Tessie Tomas related that she and Lagmay became close on the set of “Abangan.”

Filmmaker Jose Javier Reyes, writer of “Abangan,” said Lagmay wanted to work, even though diabetes had left him weak and blind toward the end.

According to Mariano, the wake is at St. Peter’s Chapel in Novaliches, Quezon City. Funeral is on Sunday at Providence Memorial Park in Bulacan.

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  • Noel

    Wonder if any from the movie industry helped him. Many of our actors died miserably without help.

  • DarkJustice

    RIP Sammy boy…

  • Noel

    No one helped him until his death. Movie industry is an ungrateful one.

  • randyaltarejos

    Can all these good praises bring him back to life? Nope. That happens when a person is already dead. Sociologically, this is the most common problem among Filipinos yun bang mapag kiunwari. They could have helped him when he was down and sick. Did they?

    • JK1000

      Hindi lang mga filipino ang ganito kahit saan bansa at anong klaseng tao ganun sila lagi puro papuri kahit na hindi tama..RIP Sammy

  • JK1000

    Noong kay Mang Dolphy ay maraming mga sipsip, kay Sammy walang nagpakita.

  • noseofsauron

    You do know (or apparently, no one here knows) that he was featured earlier this year (or was it last year) on “Wish Ko Lang”, and fellow actors he worked with in the past helped him out. Sina Freddie Webb, Tessie Tomas, Carmi Martin, Noel Trinidad, etc. Unfortunately ndi rin nagtagal at eto na nga, pumanaw na sya. RIP Sammy Lagmay.

    • hustlergalore

      but it was too late.

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