MANILA, Philippines — Comedian Chokoleit — or Jonathan Aguilar Garcia off stage — died shortly after a performance with other entertainers in Abra on Saturday, according to Star Magic, the training and management subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corp.
He was 46.
In a Facebook post early Sunday, actor and singer Carl Guevarra, who was part the show, said: “Unbelievable. Chokoleit performed right after our set and we witnessed how he struggled through the entire performance. The ambulance rushed him to the hospital in Vigan but now we were informed he didnt make it and passed away. We are all in shock. Prayers to all his loved ones. RIP”
Guevarra also posted a video of Chokoleit’s performance, showing how the comedian seemed to be short of breath.
Chokoleit gained popularity in his role as Pearly Shell in the ABS-CBN television series “Marina,” which starred Claudine Barretto in the title role.
Born on June 25, 1972, in Davao City, Chokoleit studied mass communications at the Ateneo de Davao University. /atm