Los Angeles comedian dies of COVID-19 two days after documenting battle with the disease

38-year-old Joe Luna from Los Angeles died of COVID-19 only two days after he posted a video saying that he had initially had doubts about the seriousness of the virus.

The comedian performed as Joe El Cholo uploaded a video on 21 November. It was supposed to be the first of a series of Instagram videos that were supposed to document his battle with the coronavirus disease.

It was a 35-minute video and he said, “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 doubt it was that bad.” 

“But no, dude, I’ll tell you guys right now I’ve been put in a fight. I’ve been fighting for my life for the last, you know, week or so, man. This COVID s—t is no joke.”

Luna is a double amputee and a diabetic and in the video, he stated that on top of his coronavirus diagnosis, he also had pneumonia. He had just been released from hospital and was experiencing chest pains.

Luna’s girlfriend and kids are also alleged to have tested positive.

He said that he was going to be documenting his journey through the good and bad parts of the disease to show all the people out in the world how serious a matter COVID-19 is and not to treat it as a joke.

On 23 November, Luna passed away after he was admitted to hospital on his condition worsening.

He used to perform at The Improv Theatre in Hollywood and The Ice House in Pasadena.

Jose Talavera, his son, stated that his father suffered more than they knew. He had also tested positive and he told Fox News that while all of them were coughing and sneezing, it seemed like his father’s lungs were hurting him more than they could understand. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up for funeral expenses and indicates that the service will be held on Saturday. Talavera added that a show was being arranged for the funeral because his father would have wanted everyone to laugh and have fun, he wouldn’t have wanted anyone to cry at his funeral.

Rittika Dhar
Young aspiring content and creative writer and blogger, is currently pursuing an MA in English Literature.


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