Veteran Comedienne Elizabeth Ramsey dies at 83

Elizabeth RamseyVeteran stand-up comedienne, singer and actress Elizabeth Ramsey died peacefully in her sleep Thursday morning.  She was 83 years old.

Her daughter, singer-TV host Jaya, confirmed the reports on her Facebook page.  “Mama Beth is now with our Lord,” Jaya posted.

“83 years has been full. Love and laughter, she has given not just our family but the whole nation. Thank you for your love and prayers and I rejoice because she passes in her sleep. In peace. In God’s loving arms. Bye mama, until we meet again. I love you forever. Thank you Jesus,” she added in her post.

The celebrated comedienne had been confined in the intensive care unit of an undisclosed hospital since August following a hyperglycemia attack.

A native of San Carlos, Negros Occidental, Ramsey started performing with bands at the age of 16 to help to her then ailing mother.  Her biggest break came when she joined and became an undefeated champion in a singing contest in the noontime show Student Canteen.

She eventually performed in the Manila Grand Opera House and Clover theaters where she became well-known for her unique brand of music and comedy.  She later became known as the “Queen of Rock and Roll” and the “Original Queen of Comedy.”

Ramsey was last seen on ABS-CBN’s Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 1 last May where she was impersonated by Melai Cantiveros.  Watch Melai perform as Elizabeth Ramsey in the video below:

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