Cain Lopez died Thursday. The stand-up comedian, who began in the Bay Area and based himself out of Burbank, Calif., was only 30.
UPDATED: Here are the funeral arrangements. Viewing from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 20 (with a rosary at 7 p.m. at the funeral home, McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main St., Vacaville, Calif. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 21 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Vacaville, Calif.
Starting his comedy career in his teens, he already had gotten out of the trailer parks, survived a car accident that had shattered his jaw and broken his femur in 2002, then jaw cancer in 2003. Lopez had appeared on "Loco Comedy Jam," the "Latino Locos" DVD and other shows and he had made many friends among comedians up and down the West Coast. A recent diagnosis of lung cancer, however, sent him back to the hospital for good just over a month ago. Here was a message Cain Lopez sent out from his hospital bed, gratefully acknowledging the love his friends had shown him (even sadder to watch now that he has passed):
As recently as July 1, the Ice House in Pasadena, Calif., held a fund-raiser for Lopez. And upon his death, his friends and fellow comedians were quick to pay offer their condolences publicly on Twitter and Facebook. I'm sharing a few of the initial status messages from our mutual friends after the jump, as well as a clip of Lopez onstage doing stand-up. If I get word on the plans for his funeral, I'll be sure to post them here.
Dan Smith My man, Cain....Usted es una inspiración. Usted siempre será recordado como un buen amigo y un fantástico comedian.The mundo perdido una persona importante el día de hoy. Rest in peace, my friend.
Ian Bagg i first met Cain Lopez at Rooster T feathers in sunnyvale california .He loved the fact that he was doing comedy. He asked me a thousand questions. I wish he had asked me a million more. good bye my friend
Lang Parker RIP -Cain Lopez. I had the pleasure working with him at the San Francisco Comedy Festival a few years back. He was a gem and will be missed. A true talent.
Travis Simmons QOD - God just told me don't worry, it's alright, Cain Lopez is opening for Michael Jackson tonight. - me
Alysia Wood RIP, Cain Lopez. You were one of the most fearless and humble members of the fraternity. I remember hustling with you on the road 10 years ago; years of leads, talks, shows, stories, competitions and even emergency lodging. I'll never forget the competition where you made sure I got an encore every night no matter what and how hard we laughed about it when I got in trouble. RIP.
Harveys ComedyClub Today one of the funniest and genuine comic to bless our stage has past away. RIP Cain Lopez. Everyone at Harvey's will miss you.
Carl Warmenhoven Cain Lopez was one of the nicest and most gracious comedians to grace the stage of the Comedy Underground. He was also one of the most pleasant and undemanding comics to work with. Many laughs have been lost with his passing.
Ruben Paul Cain Lopez. A genuine loving guy, talented comedian, and great person. I am glad to have called him a friend. Will cherish all the memories, especially all my visits to the hospital this last month of his life. Even while fighting for his life he remained in a great mood. We would joke around and laugh almost our entire visit. That's the kind of person Cain was. My prayers are with his family. I'll miss you. R.I.P
Here is a video from 2008 at one of the Improvs, also made sadder by his opening line. But he had made the most of his earlier tragedies. He will be missed. Watch (note: some language is NSFW):