Comedian Joe Luna, better known as Joe El Cholo, who lives in Los Angeles, died on November 21 at the age of 38 after a fight with COVID-19. Luna shared his experiences in a few instagram videos to educate his viewers about his experiences with the virus.
He told his followers that he had been infected with the corona virus on November 21. “Wow, this is no joke, and especially if you’re diabetic, it’s going to rain heavily on your parade,” he wrote, “and no, I didn’t get it from going out and performing. It was from the close contact.”
The following day he sent a 35-minute video in which he talked about his diagnosis and how he was feeling. “So I don’t know if you know this, but I tested positive for COVID,” Luna said. “Not only did I test positive for COVID, but I also have pneumonia. Not only do I have pneumonia, but I also have double amputation and diabetes, so I have a lot to do.
Among the symptoms that Luna mentioned were tremors, cramps, chest pain, vomiting, loss of taste, low blood pressure and fatigue.
Luna revealed that his girlfriend and children were also infected with the corona virus, but their cases were not as severe as his. He also said that when he heard people talking about what the corona virus had done to them, he didn’t think it was that bad. “But I’ll tell you right now, I got into a fight. I’ve been fighting for my life for the last week or so.”
“Please take care of yourself,” he went on. “Don’t think you can take care of yourself. … If you think the COVID is a joke – if you think you won’t be – trust me, because it affects everyone differently … … It has hit me very hard.”
After Luna’s friend had trouble waking him up, he was taken to a hospital in Victorville, California for treatment. From there he released a second Instagram video on November 23rd. In the eight-minute clip he wore an oxygen mask and talked about the “dirty room” he was in. Luna claimed that his room was dirty, including another patient’s waste and unclean floors. He also pointed out that his hospital bed had no pillows.
“This is terrible, people,” Luna said. “My pneumonia got very bad. Everything is… right now… in decline.” He died the same day.
According to his Instagram report, Luna will have a mask-related visitation and funeral on Saturday at the Continental Funeral Home in East Los Angeles. A GoFundMe to support the funeral costs was also set up by his family.