Richie d'Horsie dead: Comedian dies at 58

Comedian Richie d’Horsie, who was famous in the late 70's, is dead. The former 'Iskul Bukol' mainstay died in his residence on Friday night.

Screenwriter-actress Bibeth Orteza broke the sad news Saturday morning on Facebook.

"Rest in Peace, Ricardo Reyes, aka Ritchie D' Horsie. Godspeed," she posted.

"He'd been in and out of the hospital; around the same time a year ago, I saw him in a wheelchair, waiting for Vic S at the foot of the Eat Bulaga hosts' entrance—but still cheerful, I must say, or making an effort to pass off as cheerful," she told ABS-CBN News.

Richie's niece, April Alcober, reportedly said the comedian passed away around 9:24 p.m. on April 17.

The diabetic comedian had a hard time breathing in the past several days and his last dialysis session was extremely difficult for him, she told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The family attributed the death to multiple organ failure. His wake is at Loyola Marikina.

Richie rose to fame as a sidekick to Tito, Vic and Joey. He made his television debut on "Discorama." The comedian also became part of "Iskul Bukol" in 1978 and joined "Eat Bulaga" in 1979.

His addiction to illegal drugs led to his downfall.

Richie was arrested for drug possession in 2000 and 2004, and was released four years later after actor-comedian Vic Sotto bailed him out.

In 2011, it was reported on ANC's Pipol that he got separated from his wife and children as he battled drug addiction. Richie d'Horsie lived with his distant relatives and found God again.