Comedian Joe Luna, who was known by his stage name Joe El Cholo, died aged 38 just days after documenting his experience with Covid-19.
The stand up had told his fans on Instagram that the virus was ‘no joke’ adding ‘especially if you are diabetic, it will rain hard on your parade’.
Luna added he had contracted the virus due to ‘close contact’ and not from performing.
A post on November 22 read: ‘Wow if it’s not one thing it’s another. Dealing with chest pains n the pneumonia and the covid yeah its pretty intense I need all the prayers that I make it through…please Lord give me the strength to fight.’
He detailed his illness further in an Instagram video and said his girlfriend and children also had coronavirus but with less severe symptoms.
Luna said in the over 30-minute long video that he had tested positive for Covid and had been diagnosed with pneumonia.
I’m a double amputee and I’m a diabetic, so I’m dealing with a lot,’ he explained.
‘Let me tell you, man, when I would hear people talk about what COVID did to them, I always thought to myself, man, you know what, I doubted it was that bad.
‘I’ll tell you guys right now, I’ve been put in a fight. I’ve been fighting for my life.’
This was followed up on November 23 with a video taken from his hospital bed and he spoke through an oxygen mask.
‘My pneumonia is very bad. Basically everything has been on a downfall right now,’ he said.
The stand up comedian died on November 23, with his son Jose telling FOX11: ‘It was like his lungs were hurting more than we all felt before. All of us were coughing and sneezing.
‘For his funeral, he doesn’t want anyone crying so we’re going to put together a show because that’s what he would have wanted. He wanted people to be laughing and having fun.’
According to the site, Los Angeles based Luna used to perform regularly at venues such as The Ice House in Pasadena and Hollywood Improv.
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