June 23, 2018, 10:29 am
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Isabel Granada, gone too soon

Actress Isabel Granada passed away Saturday, November 4 in Qatar. She was 41.

Isabel was declared dead at 6:45 p.m. (around midnight in Manila) Saturday in a Doha hospital after being in a coma for nine days. She collapsed Oct. 25 and was rushed to the Heart Hospital-Hamad Medical Corporation for immediate treatment for massive internal bleeding following a ruptured aneurysm. She was then transferred to Hamad General Hospital where she was confined. October 27, she was brain dead.

The actress’ remains shall be brought home on Wednesday, Nov. 8, by her husband, Arnel Cowley. Cowley was with Isabel in Doha for a project. He released a statement hours after Isabel breathed her last. “It is with great sadness that my wife Isabel Granada has peacefully passed here in Doha, Qatar. She has been a fantastic wife, mother anda daughter. She always did her best in everything she did, whether it be in front of a camera or sports. I would also like to take this time to thank the Filipino community in Doha for giving their full support throughout this difficult time for myself and the family,” he said.

“Baby, wherever you might be, just always remember that I LOVE YOU, and I miss you very much.”

Cowley met with Isabel’s Mommy Guapa, son Hubert and ex-husband Jericho Aguas who flew in days after Isabel fell into a coma. 

Meanwhile, friends in showbiz remembered the actress on social media.

Former actress Bianca Lapus, who was the one who broke the story on Isabel’s condition, said on Instagram, “Heaven just gained another Angel. Rest in peace, sis, I am thankful for the 2 decades of friendship.” 

Director Joey Reyes (@DirekJoey), who directed Isabel in “Shake, Rattle and Roll II,” wrote on Twitter, “She was one of the stars of my very 1st movie for Regal 27 years ago. Have a safe trip home to the arms of our Father, Isabel.”

Billy Crawford (@billycrawford), who was in the 1980s show, “That’s Entertainment,” with Isabel, expressed his condolences to her family on Instagram. “I lost a friend but gained an angel,” he also said.

Singer Ogie Alcasid (@ogiealcasid) mentioned he worked with the beautiful actress, who also sang and released a couple of albums. ”Isabel was a really wonderful person. Beautiful inside and out. I have worked with her in concerts and in tapings and she was always a joy to be with. God bless you our friend.”

Singer Martin Nievera (@martinnievera) also paid tribute to Isabel on Instagram: “#isabelgranada we will miss you #gonetoosoon.”

Her former partner, Chuckie Dreyfus, posted several photos on Instagram and wrote a lengthy emotional message: “Maraming salamat sa lahat ng pagkakataon na nagkasama tayo. Sa lahat ng panahon na pinasaya mo ako at ang pamilya ko. Sa pagmamahal na lagi mong pinaramdam sa akin ng buong puso.

“Sa bawat tawa, bungisngis, kurot at hampas sa akin na hindi ko makakalimutan.

“Kasama mo nawala ang napakalaking parte ng buhay ko na kailanman hindi ko na maibabalik.

“Ayoko pa rin maniwala.

“Sana sa panaginip man lang makita at makausap kita kahit papaano. Kahit man lang doon.

“Paalam, Isa.

“Mahal na mahal na mahal kita.”
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