Obituaries 2019
Obituaries 2019
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December 21, 2019

Comic creator and artist Gerry Alanguilan has passed away at 51, multiple sources say.

"It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report the passing of one of our heroes, the legendary Gerry Alanguilan," comics and collectibles store Filbar's says in a Facebook post.

"Gerry Alanguilan. You have been a light to many of us in the komiks community. Thank you for everything," graphic designer Carlo Vergara says on his Twitter account.

Known for his first self-written comic Wasted, Alanguilan also created Johnny Balbona, Humanis Rex!, Elmer, Timawa, and Where Bold Stars go to Die.

He also inked for Wetworks, X-Men, Superman: Birthright, Wolverine, and Fantastic Four.

"Another wonderful person taken from us too soon. An amazingly talented writer and inker, mentor to younger artists, and advocate for global comics, the comics world and Filipino art community lost a friend and hero today," Marvel Comics editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski says in a tweet.

Photo from Alanguilan's Facebook page

November 11, 2019

The Senate adopts Monday a resolution expressing profound sympathy and sincere condolences on the death of John Gokongwei Jr., founder and chairman emeritus of JG Summit Holdings, Inc.

“Mr. John Gokongwei, during his lifetime, was larger than life to many of us. He lived a life worthy of emulation by every Filipino," Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says in sponsoring Senate Resolution 212.

"Indeed, if every Filipino adhered to the principles that he nurtured and he pursued, our country would not be saddled by the problems that we face today," he adds.

Gokongwei passed away on Saturday night at the age of 93.

November 11, 2019

Newly-appointed PAL Holdings Inc. President Lucio "Bong" Tan Jr. has passed away due to brain herniation.

He was hospitalized on Saturday after collapsing during a basketball game in Mandaluyong, One News reports.

November 10, 2019

Businessman and philanthropist John Gokongwei Jr. has passed away at 93.

Gokongwei passed away peacefully at 11:41 p.m on Saturday night "at the Manila Doctor’s Hospital surrounded by his loved ones," the Philippine Daily Inquirer quotes a text message from his son Lance as saying.

According to The Freeman in a profile in May, Gokongwei was "truly a pride of Cebu, where he started his humble entrepreneurial journey before he became one of the country's richest businessmen..."

October 23, 2019

The remains of former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. arrive at the Senate for a necrological service.

October 20, 2019

Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III announces the following schedule for those who want to pay their final respects to his father, the late former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr.: 

  • October 20 (from 7PM), 21, 22: Chapels 7 and 8, Heritage Memorial Park, Taguig City
  • October 23 (morning): Senate of the Philippines
  • October 23 (afternoon), 24, 25 (morning): Cagayan De Oro City Hall
  • October 25 (afternoon): Heritage Memorial Park, Taguig City
October 20, 2019

Former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. has died, his son Sen. Aquilino III announces.

"Our beloved Tatay Nene has joined his Creator at 5 a.m. today October 20, 2019, " Sen. Pimentel says on his Twitter account.

"We thank all those who have been a part of his life. We ask for prayers for the repose of Tatay Nene’s soul. Thank you to all," he also says.

The elder Pimentel was taken to the hospital earlier this week after complaining of difficulty in breathing and was found to have pneumonia.

Pimentel, a staunch advocate of federalism, was 85.

October 8, 2019

Carlos Celdran died from natural causes, his wife Tesa says. He was 46.

"As the family is making arrangements to bring him home, no details can be announced yet. Only that he passed from natural causes."

October 8, 2019

Cultural activist and performance artist Carlos Celdran has passed away, reports citing his wife Tesa say.

October 5, 2019

Veteran actress Amalia Fuentes, Amalia Amador Muhlach, passed away on Saturday morning, her grandchildren confirm in a Facebook post.

"She is now reunited with her husband Joey Stevens, our mother Anna-Lissa Martinez and her ex-husband, our Lolo Bobby. We have prayed for nothing but peace for her and now she can finally rest," her grandson Alfonso Ramirez says.

"Our family only asks that you respect our privacy during this time and join us in praying for her soul," he also says.

Fuentes was 79.

October 5, 2019

Veteran actor and theater legend Antonio Mabesa passed away on Friday night, his family says in an announcement shared by playwright Floy Quintos and by Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilpinas, the theater company he founded.

"Sir Tony joined his creator at 10:20 this evening . He was surrounded by family and friends," his family says in the announcement.

"We thank you for your prayers. We hope you can respect the family's wish for privacy at this time," they also say.

Mabesa was 84.

August 6, 2019

Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died following a short illness, her family says in a statement. She was 88.

"Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life," they say.

July 14, 2019

Former Bangladesh military dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad died Sunday aged 89, after weeks in a Dhaka hospital, officials say.

General Ershad ruled Bangladesh for nearly a decade before being ousted from power in a pro-democracy upsurge in 1990 and was jailed for years on corruption charges.

He passed away due to complications from old age, Kazi Firoz Rashid, a longtime colleague and lawmaker from his Jatiya Party, tells AFP. 

June 21, 2019

A party-list group says they will nominate Eddie Garcia for the posthumous conferment of the National Artist award.

"The man and his legacy stand for what is beautiful and true about Philippine Art, specifically in Film and Television," says Bagong Henerasyon in a statement.

"We mourn but we also honor and celebrate Eddie Garcia and his life well lived," they add. 

June 20, 2019

 A family friend of Eddie Garcia says the veteran actor has already passed away.

Film director Bibeth Orteza says the 90-year-old actor died at 4:55 p.m. on Thursday while confined at Makati Medical Center.

June 18, 2019

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, died Monday at age 67. He spent just one turbulent year in office after the 2011 uprising before the army toppled him.

The Islamist's overthrow was followed by a brutal crackdown that killed hundreds of supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood movement and dealt a major blow to political Islam. ?— AFP

June 18, 2019

American heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, a designer and artist who became one of the most chronicled socialites of her era, died Monday, her son Anderson Cooper says on CNN.

She was 95 years old.

"Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," Cooper says in a tribute read on air at CNN, the television network he works at.

"She was a painter, a writer, and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they'd tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest, and most modern."

May 4, 2019

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says his father, former House Speaker Prospero Nograles, died on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

The family is yet to release details of the wake soon. 

March 13, 2019

Ghadzali Jaafar, Moro Islamic Liberation Front vice chairman and chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission that crafted the draft of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, died early on Wednesday morning, the BTC has confirmed.

"May Allah reward him for his good deeds and grant him a place in Jannah," the BTC says.

MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, interim chief minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao that the BOL created, says in TV reports that Jaafar's death is a big loss for the new region. 

March 10, 2019

Comedian Chokoleit passed away on Saturday evening, Star Magic confirms. He was 46.

The comedian whose real name is Jonathan Aguilar Garcia experienced difficulty in breathing after his performance in an out of town show in Abra.

The attending physician at the Abra Provincial Hospital said Chokoleit succumbed to pulmonary edema and heart attack, ABS-CBN reported.



Mula sa amin na Kapamilya mo sa Star Magic, Maraming Salamat sa Tuwa at Saya! Rest In Peace Chokoleit! Mahal ka namin!

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February 24, 2019

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas expresses deep sadness over the death of the central bank's governor, Nestor Espenilla Jr.

Espenilla, who had been undergoing cancer treatment for over a year, peacefully passed away on Saturday, February 23, surrounded by his family. He was 60.

Here's the BSP's full message:

February 20, 2019

National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa dies at 88, historian Xiao Chua says in an Instagram post.

February 19, 2019

Reports attributed to French media say that Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld has died.

February 11, 2019

Actress, singer and film producer Armida Siguion-Reyna passed away at the Makati Medical Center this afternoon due to cancer, ABS-CBN says in a report. She was 88.

February 9, 2019

Filipino comedian Domingo Vusotros Brotamante Jr. or known as "Bentong" has died on Saturday morning. He was 55. 

According to reports, the actor-comedian died due to diabetes and health complications. The family has not yet issued a statement about his death.

January 28, 2019

Filipino rock legend Joey "Pepe" Smith has died, his daughter said Monday morning.

"Thank you for everything papa bear ko. Thank you for being the best dad in the world. I know youre in the best place now, no more pains papa.. i will see you in few days. I love you to the moon and back. Everyone we need your prayers for my papa Joseph Smith! He has been rushed to the hospital this morning," she says on her Facebook page.

Music promoter Dudee Alfonso earlier said on his Facebook account that Smith, who was in the Juan Dela Cruz Band, had died.

"My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Daisy Smith-Owen, Queenie Haze Smith, Beebop Smith, Alyssa Smith, Joaquin Smith Doliente, Rosuela Acuna... and to Wally Gonzalez and Mike Abarico Hanopol...Rest in Peace to the King of Pinoy Rock... Salamat sa musika!!! We love you, Nyor Joseph Smith!!!," Alfonso, who also made the announcement that Smith had a stroke in November 2017, said.

SM Group Founder Henry Sy just passed away this morning. He was 94.

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