Filipino and GMA7 comedian Kim Idol passed away today, July 13, as confirmed by his close friend, Allan K.
Kim Idol died days after he was reported to be in critical condition and already in life support at a hospital.
Fellow comedian Allan K. said in a post, “You were one of the best talents Klownz and Zirkoh have ever had. One of the funniest on and off stage.
“You will always be remembered by people whose lives you touched through comedy.
“Rest in peace, Kim Idol. We will miss you.”
Kim’s other friend, Michael Conjusta, also confirmed the comedian’s passing by posting a series of photos with Kim and said, “Akala ko ba gusto mo pang bumalik dito? I feel sad
“Rest in peace my friend, Michael’ Kim Idol’ Argente.
“We know you are in a better place and one day we shall meet again.
“Condolence to Melissa Argente and family.”
The stand-up comedian was found unconscious four days ago in his room in the Philippine Arena and was rushed to the Manila Central University Hospital in Caloocan City for treatment.
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It was learned that Kim Idol or Michael Taniera Argente in real life worked as frontliner in a quarantine facility. But her mother, Maria Argente, clarified that Kim’s illness has nothing to do with COVID-19.
Maria shared in a Facebook post that Kim suffered complications due to arteriovenous brain malformation (AVM).
Kim previously revealed that he had AVM back in 2015.
“Masakit na masakit yung ulo tapos nabubundol ako sa mga wall. Parang nawala ‘yung right periphery ko kaya hindi rin ako makabasa,” he said about his condition.
“Nung di ko na matiis ‘yung sakit, dinala ako ng mga kaibigan ko sa ospital at doon nakita sa CT-Scan na nagdudugo ‘yung utak ko,” he added.
According to Mayo Clinic, a brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a “tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain. The arteries are responsible for taking oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the brain. Veins carry the oxygen-depleted blood back to the lungs and heart. A brain AVM disrupts this vital process.”
In a recent Instagram post, Kim proudly showed a picture of him wearing a PPE while serving as a frontliner amid the pandemic.