Veteran comedienne Zorayda Sanchez, 57, passed away yesterday,August 27, due to breast cancer.
According to GMA News, the comedienne's daughter said that theirfamily learned about her mother's breast cancer last year. Zorayda immediately underwent sometests and chemotheraphy, butearly this month, they found out that the cancer cells had already spread toher liver, lungs, and bones.
Earlier this year, ABS-CBNNews.com wrote about Zorayda denyingreports that she had bone cancer. Sheexplained that it was plain misunderstanding between her and her comediennefriend Vangie Labalan.
"Ang sabi ko kay Vangie, i-cancel na lang ang miting dahilmagpapatingin ako sa doktor. Magpapa-bone screen 'kako ako," Zorayda toldABS-CBN News.
The comedienne said that it was justarthritis. She even assured, "I am veryhealthy. Rayuma lang 'yon."
Zorayda's remains lie in her hometown in Angono, Rizal, butthere is still no definite date about her funeral.
Zorayda used to be a household name in late 1980s when sheplayed supporting roles in comedy films. Among these movies were, Takot Ako Eh! (1987), Petrang Kabayoat mga Pilyang Kuting (1988), Tiyanak (1988), and Feel na Feel (1990). She was also included as the main cast ofthe hit gag show in the '80s called Goin' Bananas, together withChristopher de Leon, Johnny Delgado, Edgar Mortiz, and the late Jay Ilagan.
Aside from being a comedienne, Zorayda is also known as awriter, a stage actress, and a university professor.