JM de Guzman got to work with late comedian Chokoleit before he passed away on Saturday, March 8 in Abra. In his interview with ABS-CBN News, JM shared that he noticed that Chokoleit was already not his usual self when he arrived in Abra to perform for a show.
“Nung dumating siya, parang medyo mabigat na 'yung aura niya. Parang may dinadala, not his usual self na parang jolly. So inisip ko baka pagod lang,” he said.
But despite that, JM shared that Chokoleit gave his best during his performance. "Malaki 'yung stage. In-effort niya na ma-ignite 'yung audience. Naririnig namin 'yung sigawan ng mga tao. He was doing his very best,” he stated.
He relayed that Chokoleit was immediately rushed to the hospital after he performed.
“Positive pa ako nun na baka fatigue lang or whatever. Tapos pumunta na sila Miss Pops (Fernandez), sila Coleen (Garcia). After nung performance ko, pagbabang-pagbaba ko ng stage, medyo tahimik nga. Pagpasok ko sa van, binalita na sa akin ng road manager ko na hindi na siya na-revive. I feel down pero at the same time, I know he’s in a happy place. Marami siyang napasayang tao, isa na rin ako doon," he stated.