Award-winning actress Jaclyn Jose passes away at 60

Kathleen A. Llemit - Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines (Updated March 4, 2024, 12:57 a.m.) — Cannes-winning actress Jaclyn Jose passed away. 

Several media outlets reported the passing of the actress in the late hours of March 2. As of press time, the cause of her death is not yet known. 

Jose's talent agency, PPL Entertainment Inc., released a statement shortly after the news broke out. 

"It saddens us to inform everyone of the untimely passing of Miss Jaclyn Jose (real name Mary Jane Guck). More details will be shared as soon as they are available.

"The Guck and Eigenmann families are requesting for everyone to please pray for the eternal repose of Miss Jaclyn Jose and for them to be allowed the respect and privacy to mourn her passing, and navigate these difficult times," the statement ended. 

Jose was born Mary Jane Guck on October 21, 1963. 

She starred in many films, including works by celebrated directors Lino Brocka and Chino Roño. 

In 2016, she became the first Filipino to win the Best Actress Award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival for her work in Brillante Mendoza's film "Ma'Rosa." 

Jose has been a familiar face on Philippine TV by starring in popular dramas since the 1990s to the present. 

Some of her dramas include "Mula Sa Puso," " Marimar" and "Alyas Robinhood." She was last seen as Chief Espinas in "FPJ's Batang Quiapo." 

Jose is survived by her children, actress Andi Eigenmann and Gwen Ilagan Guck. 

RELATED: Jaclyn Jose beats Cotillard, Theron to win Cannes Best Actress award

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