HONOLULU (KHON2) — Local comedian Mel Cabang has died in Vegas due to medical complications on Saturday, December 21.
The comedian was 77-years-old.
This is according to long-time friend and fellow comedian Frank De Lima, who got in touch with Cabang’s wife.
Cabang was a comedian and actor who has appeared in popular shows such as the most recent Hawaii Five-0 series, 1983’s Magnum P.I. and more.
He even performed in the Na Alii of Comedy show alongside fellow comedians Frank De Lima, Andy Bumatai, and Augie T.
Cabang performed comedy for 45 years and was popular for the relatable cracks that weren’t always politically correct, including jokes about himself going to federal prison.
Local comedian Augie T. spoke with KHON and told us that Cabang paved the way to make Hawaii comedy what it is today.
“Honestly, he was a part of the guys that paved the way for guys like myself,” said fellow comedian Augie T. “That form of comedy that he did is slowly dying because we live in a very politically correct world and Uncle Mel was a guy that never believe in political correctness. He called it out, and that’s what he was known for! The guy that made people feel uncomfortable but was super funny.”
Cabang’s son, Mel Cabang Jr., chimed in and told KHON that he was amazed by how popular his dad was.
“It was always neat to me to see how people would recognize him and how happy people would get to see him that close,” said the comedian’s son, Mel Cabang Jr. “I never realized because he’s my dad. I never realized he was such a big star. Really neat.”
Cabang’s family wrote on Mel’s Facebook page, thanking fans for their kind words. They asked everyone to continue to share their favorite experiences and memories of Cabang.