Elizabeth Ramsey, a national icon, singer, comedian, actress, passed away in her sleep this morning, Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the age of 83. Her daughter, Jaya Ramsey, also a singer, posted a status on her Facebook page, confirming the passing away of her mother.
Hospitalized in August
Last August, Elizabeth Ramsey was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Philippine Heart Center, suffering a seizure for 3 hours. Initially believed by many to be caused by a stroke, Jaya corrected the news saying it was due to hyperglycemia or chronic levels of high blood sugar. Jaya posted a status on Facebook about the incident, asking for prayers. Elizabeth Ramsey’s condition eventually stabled but remained in the hospital for some time under observation. Before her release, Jaya said her mother would stay with her and “I will make sure she is loved.”
Elizabeth Ramsey’s Career
Elizabeth Ramsey got her first big break when she won the contest, “Student Canteen” in 1958. After that success, she performed at the Manila Opera House then eventually at the Clover, working alongside some of the country’s best comedians. During her career, she earned the title of “Queen of Rock and Roll,” but was fondly called by people she worked with as “Mama Beth,” showing how well-loved she was in the industry.
She starred in movies with the other big actors like Fernando Poe, Jr. in the movie, “Prinsesa Naranja” in 1959. She was a guest at several talk shows like “Sharon” and more recently, “Gandang Gabi Vice,” where she performed the song, “Rosas Pandan” with another famous Cebuana singer, Pilita Corales. Watch her final appearance on television at an episode of “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” a competition where one celebrity contestant, Melai Cantiveros, impersonated Ramsey with a performance of the song, “Waray Waray.”
Thank you Ms. Ramsey for sharing your gifts with the entire country, creating a legacy that brings joy to many. Every performance you ever made shows how uniquely talented the Cebuana women are. Now heaven will get to witness your different talents. Rest in peace.