- Christian Cabrera, known as the internet comedian “Chinese Best Friend,” has died at the age of 40 from the coronavirus.
- Cabrera reportedly expressed his regret to his family for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine before passing from a pneumonia infection from his lungs.
- His brother, Jino Cabrera, has organized a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with the comedian’s funeral and memorial expenses.
Southern Californian father and comedian Christian Cabrera expressed his regret for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine before passing away on Friday evening.
Christian Cabrera, known for his stage name “Chinese Best Friend” on a podcast with actor and comedian Michael Blackson, reportedly texted his brother to express his regret over not getting vaccinated two days before dying from COVID-19, according to Fox News.
“I can’t breathe again,” he texted. “I really regret not getting my vaccine. If I can do it all over again I would do it in a heartbeat to save my life. I’m fighting for my life here and I wish I [had] gotten vaccinated.”
The 40-year-old comedian tested positive for COVID-19 after Christmas, but he was reportedly “skeptical of the science behind the vaccine and always claimed he ‘never’ gets sick,” according to his brother, Jino Cabrera. He suffered from pneumonia from both lungs and passed away on Friday evening.
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“Been here almost a week in ICU now not breathing on my own with Covid Pneumonia infection on both lungs!” Cabrera previously shared on his official Instagram account, along with a picture of himself in the ICU. “This has to be the worst pain I ever had in my life!”
Jino also logged onto the comedian’s Instagram account to announce the death of Cabrera to his followers.
“We are very sad to announce that our beloved brother Christian Cabrera has lost his battle with covid pneumonia and passed away on Friday evening,” his brother shared, along with past photos and videos of the comedian. “He touched so many people’s lives because he was a very loving, kind, generous, caring person with a beautiful heart and soul.”
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“Christian was always the one to make people laugh and bring joy into a lot of peoples’ lives and he took it to the next level through social media with his funny and lovable character alongside Michael Blackson as his ‘Chinese Best Friend’ where they create funny videos that would often go viral,” Jino added. “We believe that was one of his life’s purposes, he was very passionate about making sure that despite all the negativity that’s happening around the world that he brought laughter and joy to everyone around him through his comedy.”
“This is absolutely the worst day of my life. Rip @Chinesebestfrnd,” Blackson tweeted on Saturday.
This is absolutely the worst day of my life. Rip @Chinesebestfrnd
— Michael Blackson (@MichaelBlackson) January 22, 2022
“He keeps saying, ‘Please take care of my son,’” Jino had reportedly told KTLA before his brother passed away. “He knows he might not make it. He might die in there.”
Cabrera’s brother also organized a GoFundMe fundraiser with a goal of $50,000 to help with the funeral and memorial expenses as well as to help his 3-year-old son who was left behind.
“We are raising funds to help with all expenses associated with the funeral, memorial, burial and ceremony to make sure that we honor his legacy and the memories that he created while he was still alive,” Jino wrote in the fundraiser’s description. “Also we are raising funds for his 3 year old son Noel who he has left behind to make sure he is well taken care of now that Christian is gone. Thank you so much for all your love and support as we are going through this very difficult time for our family losing one of our very own beloved Christian.”