10 memorable deaths in Philippine showbiz

  • Based on how we support and follow our favorite TV personalities on/off camera, we certainly would be saddened once something bad happens to them
  • Deaths in Philippine showbiz were always much-publicized and some of them were really shocking

We might not notice it but most days, celebrities are life family to us. Their relationships, whereabouts, and controversies, are all things that we know and care about. This is why when the unexpected happens to them, we are the first to know and the first to give reactions.

Throughout the decades in the industry, many iconic artists have passed away. Some of them through sickness while others bizarrely. Let’s take this time to remember the memorable ones through this list below:

Rico Yan  (1975 – 2002)

The matinee idol who was famous for his portrayal in the show “Whattamen” and his relationship with veteran actress Claudine Barretto died in 2002 in his hotel room after attending a party. He was believed to have suffered a nightmare but was later predicted by the autopsy as  acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis.

AJ Perez (1993 – 2011)

The young actor suffered a sad death in 2011 due to a road accident. He was one of the rising and promising actors of his generation but his life was taken away so early.

He left a good mark, though. It was reported that his corneas were donated to an eye bank where a 28-year-old man and an 8-year-old boy.

Alfie Anido (1959 – 1981)

A member of the “Regal Babies,” Alfie Anido was batchmates with Gabby Concepcion, Albert Martinez, Snooky Cerna and Dina Bonnevie. Unfortunately, he didn’t last long in showbiz as them because he decided to end his life in 1981.

Alfie shot himself in an apparent suicide.  There were speculations that he was actually murdered because of his relationship with Juan Ponce Enrile’s daughter back in the Marcos regime.

Marky Cielo (1988 – 2008)

The winner of “StarStruck” season 3 died on December 7, 2008 when he was found unconscious in his room the next morning after reportedly “discussing something personal” with his mother. He was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Until now, there’s no definite answer to his passing.

Julie Vega (1968 – 1985)

Julie Vega was an award-winning teen actress of the 80s. She’s notable for her impeccable acting in GMA Network’s drama series “Anna Liza.”

People were shocked because she suddenly gained a questionable sickness involving her lower body. 15 days before her 17th birthday, Julie sadly succumbed to her condition leaving her fans in shock.

Rumors said that while Julie was shooting in a house near Mt. Manalmon for her horror film “Lovingly Yours, Helen” she got cursed by an engkanto, as the place was believed to have many of it lurking around.

However, the doctors concluded that she suffered a form of demyelinating disease, which was highly suspected to be either Guillain-Barré syndrome or multiple sclerosis.

Miko Sotto (1982 – 2003)

Like Rico Yan, Miko Sotto was a rising matinee idol as well. He’s part of the showbiz clan “Sotto” and indeed carried their talented genes.

Miko was once “La Luna Sangre” star Angel Locsin’s lover.

His untimely death was caused by an accident when one night he tried to get down from the railings but got his foot allegedly caught in a plant box, causing him to lose his balance and fall from his perch.

Arvin “Tado” Jimenez (1974 – 2014)

The famous comedian known as “Tado” had a controversial death. He was primarily remembered because of his shows such as “BrewRATs!”

On February 17, 2014, the comedian was on board in a bus operated by Florida. The vehicle fell off a road in Sitio Paggang, in Bontoc, Mountain Province leaving 14 dead including “Tado” and two other artists.

Ramgen Revilla (1988 – 2011)

Ramgen is among the many sons of Ramon Revilla, Sr. His death was both untimely and tragic because it happened in their own home in Parañaque City.

On October 28, 2011, he was murdered due to 11 stabbed wounds. The incident happened while he was with his girlfriend Janelle Manahan and sister Ramona.

While a lot speculate that the witnesses had something to do with it, Ramon Revilla Sr. insist otherwise.

Nida Blanca (1936 – 2001)

Veteran actress Nida Blanca was known for her acting as Marsha in the hit  TV comedy series with Dolphy, “John En Marsha.” In November 2001, she was shockingly found murdered, beaten and stabbed 13 times in the back seat of her car in the parking lot of Atlanta Centre in Greenhills.

People suspect that her husband, Rod Strunk, hired someone to kill Nida because she had excluded him from her will.

Fernando Poe, Jr. (1939 – 2004)

The original probinsyano, the great FPJ, was loved by almost every Filipino viewer. He’s tagged as the “King of Philippine Movies” or in short, just “DaKing.”

On December 11, 2004, FPJ died from stroke. The doctors described his condition as cerebral thrombosis with multiple organ failure.


Let’s light a candle for each and every one of them, shall we?


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