Jamaican comedienne and media personality Elva Ruddock died on Sunday morning after battling lupus for several years.
She had been ailing for some time with lupus and had been hospitalized, according to reports.
Elva Ruddock, who for quite some time was a daily staple on local television, was hospitalised a few weeks ago, and succumbed to the disease over the weekend.
News of her death has sent shock wave across the entertainment, media and theatre industries on which Ruddock made her mark.
“I am in TOTAL shock and disbelief 💔💔💔💔💔💔 One of THE most positive, SUPPORTIVE, hilarious, BOLD and beautiful women I was blessed to have in my life!!! @elvajamaica you LIVED!!! Your happiness and authenticity was contagious. Your daily support and encouraging words means more than I was ever able to fully express😞😞😞 I will miss you sis. Thank you for the beautiful, powerful, memorable light you shined🙏🏾 Sleep Well Elva 😞💔😞💔 @elvajamaica,” Kamila McDonald wrote on Instagram.
“WE HAVE LOST SUCH AN AMAZING SOUL THAT’S ALWAYS SHOWING HER HAPPY SIDE……. S.I.P @elvajamaica 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽,” Ding Dong Ravers said.
“Sleep in peace sis. All my memories of you had laughter…living and loving life to the fullest. You were always so supportive, consistent and just real. The same person on or off camera …just real. Still in disbelief. Sending condolences to your family @elvajamaica 🎶🎭🙏🏿😓,” Cherine Anderson expressed.
“Bombaat Star!!! RIP mi chargie 😭😭😭😭,” Ragashanti wrote.
Theatre personality, Garfield ‘Bad Boy Trevor’ Reid, said Elva will be missed because of her effervescent personality and her many kindnesses.
“This news knock everybody because she touched so many lives in such a positive way. She was strong and optimistic. I guess that’s why she lasted so long, because (with) most other people, frustration would have gotten the better of them (earlier). This Sunday is just one of those days,” a disheartened Pretty Boy Floyd told media reporters.
Ruddock reportedly was afflicted by the chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy tissues.
The disease can cause inflammation throughout the body, including the skin, joints, brain, lungs, heart, blood cells and kidneys.
“Elva was one of those persons who could easily bring sunshine on a rainy day in anyone’s life. Her bubbly personality was quite infectious. Elva was one of a kind and will always be remembered for her hilarious interactions on TV and radio. She commanded our attention with her presence and she will be greatly missed by all of us,” Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange said in a statement.
The culture minister also expressed condolence to Elva’s family and friends.