Comedienne Mahal’s death came as a shock to her family, fans and colleagues in the showbiz industry.
Mahal, who was Noeme Tesorero in real life, passed away at the age of 46 on Tuesday.
She died of “gastro illness” and COVID-19, as revealed by her sister Irene Tesorero in a Pep interview.
Irene added that Mahal also had a pre-existing condition, particularly high blood pressure.
The comedienne-actress quickly rose to Twitter’s trending topics on Tuesday as netizens reacted to the sad news and offered their condolences.
Mahal’s co-stars from Kapuso romantic comedy series Owe My Love were among the first celebs to pay tribute to the late comedienne via their social media accounts.
Kiray Celis posted a photo of her with Mahal, along with some videos of them together in the set.
“Sa liit na panahon na nakasama kita, ganun naman kalaki ang naibigay mong saya sa puso ko. Ayoko isipin.. ayoko tanggapin.. ayokong maniwala ate noeme mahal na mahal kita. Sana hindi totoo ito. Pls..,” wrote Kiray.
Winwyn Marquez also posted several TikTok videos of her and Mahal, remembering how the latter had been caring and supportive of her.
“Napakabuti mong tao ate mahal… Hindi padin ako makapaniwala na wala ka na. Sabi mo magkikita at mamamasyal pa tayo… Salamat sa ngiti na binigay mo sa amin at lalo na sa akin. Salamat sa mga usapang life and love,” the actress wrote.
Lovi Poe, meanwhile, shared a photo of her hugging Mahal captioned: “Gone too soon 💔 We’ll never forget you and all the laughter we shared. Mahal ka namin.”
Ruby Rodriguez, Benjamin Alvez, Leo Martinez, John Vic De Guzman and Jason Franciso, on the other hand, grieved over Mahal’s death by posting photos of her in their respective Instagram stories.
Ai-Ai delas Alas, meanwhile, mourned the death of her friend in an Instagram admitting how she was in disbelief over what happened.
“Kanina hindi pa nag-sink in saken na wala ka na pero nung pinanood ko to, ayan naiyak nako … Kanina tulala ako na parang fake news ang dating saken… 🥲Rest in peace mahal … Nawalan ako ng isang barkada sa industriya. Kami ang dabarkads ako, Mahal, Kiray, Jason, Johnvic and Joaquin,” she said.