10 Filipino Celebrity Deaths That Shocked The Whole Nation

What tragic ends they have met…
posted on: Thursday, July 31, 2014
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This #throwbackThursday let’s revisit some of the untimely celebrity deaths that shocked the whole nation.

1. Rico Yan (1975 – 2002)

This matinee idol was best remembered as a member of the trio Whattamen along with Dominic Ochoa and Marvin Agustin. He was also the on-screen partner and ex-boyfriend of actress Claudine Barretto.


Rico Yan met his untimely death on March 29, 2002 in his hotel room after attending a party. He was believed to have suffered a ‘bangungot‘ but autopsy report shows that Yan died of cardiac arrest caused by acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis.

2. AJ Perez (1993 – 2011)

AJ Perez was an ABS-CBN talent who appeared in several starring roles on TV and movies.


He died on April 17, 2011 when the service van he was riding collided with a passenger bus. He suffered multiple head injuries but what ultimately killed him was his broken ribs which pierced his heart and lungs.

His corneas were donated to an eye bank where a 28-year-old man and an 8-year-old boy were the beneficiaries.

3. Marky Cielo (1988 – 2008)

Marky Cielo was the season 3 winner of the artista reality search Startruck and the first known Igorot in Philippine showbiz.

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He died on December 7, 2008 when he was found unconscious in his room the next morning after discussing something personal with his mother. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

The cause of Cielo’s death remains unknown and was subject to public speculation.

4. Miko Sotto (1982 – 2003)

Marcelino Antonio “Miko” Carag Sotto III was a matinee idol. A part of the prominent Sotto clan, he was the son of radio commentator/TV host Ali Sotto and nephew of Vic and Tito Sotto. He was also the boyfriend of actress Angel Locsin.

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Miko Sotto died after falling from the ninth floor of the condominium unit he was living in for 4 years in Mandaluyong City.

According to reports, a security guard saw Sotto seated at the railings of the balcony. Sotto was about to part with his friends and tried to get down from the railings when his foot allegedly got caught in a plant box, causing him to lose his balance and fall from his perch.

5. Alfie Anido (1959 – 1981)

Alfie Anido was a matinee idol and one of the Regal Babies along with then-young actors such as Gabby Concepcion, Albert Martinez, Snooky Cerna and Dina Bonnevie. He was famously linked with Dina, his co-star in the 1980 version of Temptation Island.


Anido died on December 30, 1981, just one day short before his 22nd birthday.

According to the reports, Anido shot himself in an apparent suicide. However, rumors quickly spread that he was actually murdered since he had a relationship with the daughter of Juan Ponce Enrile, who was a high ranking official at that time during the Marcos regime.

This controversy continued to haunt in 2013 when Jack Enrile ran for Senator during the 2013 Elections. Jack Enrile was accused of being the one who shot Anido.

6. Arvin “Tado” Jimenez (1974 – 2014)

Tado was a comedian primarily known for his radio program BrewRATs! and TV show Strangebrew where he worked alongside Angel “Erning” Rivero, Ramon Bautista and Jun Sabayton.

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On February 17, 2014, a bus fell off a road in Sitio Paggang, in Bontoc, Mountain Province. 14 people were killed including Tado and two artists. He was planning to write about his Mountain Province trip in his book titled “40 Mountains” before he died in the accident.

7. Julie Vega (1968 – 1985)

Julie Vega was an award-winning teen actress in the 80s who was best remembered in her portrayal of the title character in the GMA TV drama, Anna Liza.

In 1985, Vega suddenly fell ill, complaining of lack of sensation, particularly on her lower body. She was rushed to a private hospital for diagnosis and treatment. On May 6, 1985, she succumbed to her condition, just 15 days before her 17th birthday.


Rumors had it that the cause of her death was a supernatural one. Her last movie, Lovingly Yours, Helen, was a horror film and was filmed in an old house in Mt. Manalmon. Some say the place was full of supernatural beings such as engkantos that were probably disturbed and so put a curse on the actress.

According to the medical diagnosis, Julie Vega suffered from a form of demyelinating disease, which was highly suspected to be either Guillain-Barré syndrome or multiple sclerosis.

8. Ramgen Revilla (1988 – 2011)

Ramgen Revilla was an actor and a member of the prominent Revilla clan, being the son of Ramon Revilla, Sr. and half-brother of Bong Revilla.


Revilla was murdered in his family residence at BF Homes in Parañaque City on October 28, 2011 with his younger sister Ramona and former girlfriend Janelle Manahan present in the crime scene. He sustained 11 stab wounds on his body and a gunshot to the left side of his chest.

His siblings, RJ and Ramona, were implicated in his murder but their father vehemently denies it.

9. Fernando Poe, Jr. (1939 – 2004)

FPJ was an action star hailed as the ‘King of Philippine Movies’. In his 50-year career, he has starred in more than 100 films.


On the evening of December 11, 2004,  FPJ was admitted to St. Luke’s after complaining of dizziness. He suffered from a stroke and slipped into coma. His condition was described as cerebral thrombosis with multiple organ failure.

He died at the age of 65 on December 14, just a few months after his questionable defeat against former president Gloria Arroyo in the 2004 presidential election.

10. Nida Blanca (1936 – 2001)

Nida Blanca was a veteran actress mostly remembered for her portrayal as Marsha in the hit  TV comedy series John En Marsha.


On November 7, 2001, Blanca was found murdered, beaten and stabbed 13 times in the back seat of her car in the parking lot of Atlanta Centre in Greenhills, Metro Manila where she worked for MTRCB. The primary suspect was her husband Rod Strunk who was said to have hired a hitman to kill her because she had disinherited him from her will.

The case remained unclosed after the death of Rod Strunk, who committed suicide on April 2007 by jumping on a second-floor balcony, and the self-confessed killer Philip Medel who died of sepsis in April 2010.

These stars may have shone brightly but their light was extinguished prematurely.

But despite that, they will always always be remembered…