Veteran comedian Reynaldo Hipolito, popularly known as Palito, was reportedly rushed to the Imus Family Hospital today, April 6, after complaining of severe abdominal pain.
In a text message sent to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) by the comedian's son, Jhune, at 4:10 p.m., he mentioned that his father arrived home from the casino feeling very weak.
"Masakit daw un sikmura niya talagang hindi na nga makahubad ng pantalon saka shoes niya. Ayaw pa nga padala sa hosptal," Jhune's text message reads, as edited.
It was also mentioned that prior to his hospitalization, Palito was sick for an entire week and just stayed home.
At press time, Palito's condition remains under observation. Senator Bong Revilla has reportedly volunteered to shoulder all the medical expenses that will be incurred. The family, however, is still appealing to the public for additional financial assistance.
In a conversation with PEP in 2007, Palito proudly boasted about his good health despite his trademark emaciated frame. "Pero kahit ganito ako, wala akong sakit," he said with a huge grin. He was 74-years-old at the time of the interview.
Some of the films done by Palito during his heyday in the '70s and '80s include Rambuto and No Blood, among many others. Both films were parodies of Sylvester Stallone's international blockbuster action flicks.
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