Comedian John Agitation dies at 90

Comedian John Agitation

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -The  popular Trinidadian  comedian and storyteller Ramdeen Ramjattan, better known as  John Agitation, died at hospital in Trinidad on Monday. He was  90.

Ramjattan was  reported to have been ailing for some time.

He  died hours after he was taken to hospital.

Ramjattan contested and won the Guaico-Cumuto seat in the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation in Trinidad in a bye-election in 1989, He was a candidate  for the United National Congress.

He  was a recipient  of a national award – Humming Bird silver) – in 2003.

The iconic figure, whose real name is Ramdeen Ramjattan was taken to the Sangre Grande Hospital on Monday. He died hours later.

The Express was told he was ailing for some time.

Agitation was awarded the Hummingbird Medal (silver) in 2003.

He contested and won the electoral district of Guaico-Cumuto in the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation by-election in 1989 under the United National Congress slate.

Chairman of the regional corporation Terry Rondon, expressed his condolences to Ramjattan’s family.

He said in his later years, Ramjattan lived with his daughter at Matura.

Rondon recalled as a young man growing up listening to Ramjattan telling jokes.

He said: “He was a councillor for our regional corporation and the work he did, all his contributions was for the better for the electoral district he represented. As a young man, I grew up listening to “Agi” telling his jokes and it was a time I spent with my family. To this day, I still tell some of “Agi’s” jokes even at council meeting.”

Rondon said the regional coronation will have a condolence book at the corporation’s office open for the public.

Funeral arrangements are being planned by the family.

The Ministry of Arts and Culture has also expressed condolences on the passing of Agitation.