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Paquito Diaz Passes Away at 73, Celebrities Mourn


Rumors were circulating three weeks ago about the alleged death of Paquito Diaz, but this was quickly clarified by his members of his family saying that there was no truth to the rumors.

Francisco Bustillos Diaz in real life, starred on numerous action movies that have become an icon in Philippine cinema.  A big part of it is attributed to his many movies he had made with the King of Philippine action movies, Fernando Poe Jr.  He usually played as the antagonist on FPJ films, captivating the audience with his signature voice and expression.

However, Diaz surrendered his battle against complications he suffered from stroke on Thursday, March 3, at around 7 PM at his home town in Daraga, Albay.  He was 73 years old.

Paquito’s daughter Joanna Diaz-Gallent confirmed on ANC the news of her father’s passing.

His son Joko Diaz said in an interview that he had already prepared himself to such a moment that his had will eventually say goodbye to them.

“Matagal ko nang hinanda ‘yung sarili ko, eh.  Pero siyempre nu’ng natanggap ko ‘yung balita, siyempre medyo naano rin ako… nahihirapan akong analyze-in ‘yung sitwasyon. Si daddy kasi ‘yan, eh. Iba… daddy ko kasi, alam mo ‘yon? Siyempre iba ‘yung papa’no ako brining-up ng dad ko. I’m very proud of him. I’m trying to give the best medical treatment for him.”

Celebrities mourn the passing of a movie icon.  Tirso Cruz III posted a Twitter message sharing his sadness.

No details on the date of burial of the veteran actor have yet been released by the family.

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