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AJ Perez Passed Away at 18 in a Vehicular Accident


ABS-CBN actor Anthony Joseph Perez, famously known as AJ Perez died in a highway accident in Tarlac. He was on his way home from a show in Dagupan City, when the van he was riding in collided with a provincial passenger bus along McArthur Highway in Barangay San Julian, Tarlac.

According to authorities, Perez was pronounced dead on arrival at 12:20 am shortly after the accident took place. It was said that the 18-year-old actor suffered from multiple head injuries causing his death.

AJ‘s dad, Gerardo Perez, (driver) Christopher Bautista, (crew members) Christina Ferrer, Edwin Patelos and Danny Linunga were also injured from the accident.

AJ managed to tweet before the accident happened.

“On the way home already from Dagupan.Long drive ahead.. Thanks to everybody who watched, thanks to zui for the gifts.And hi again to jarred!” he tweeted.

It was Ogie Diaz, who first reported the incident via Twitter.

“Galing ng Dagupan, pauwi na. Tulog lahat sa van. Sa Tarlac, biglang bumangga sa trak. Bago pa nadala si AJ Perez sa ospital, wala nang buhay.
“Sa bus po bumangga ang van sakay si AJ Perez kung saan yung left brain nya ang matinding napuruhan.”
Perez is of the male leads in TV series “Sabel”. Lauren Young, his on-screen partner on the said TV series tweeted:

Aj. You were like a brother to me. You’ll always be in my heart.  May you rest in peace.I’m going to miss you so much. My loveteam, my friend, my brother. All I know is you’re in a better place now and I won’t question that.”

AJ starred in several movies: “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo” (2006); “Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo” (2007);  “BFF” (2009);  Babe, I Love You (2010); “Mamarazzi” (2010).

He was also a part of “Lobo,” “Agua Bendita,”  and appeared on several commercials such as Globe, UFC and Milo.

His body will lie in state at La Salle Greenhills starting this afternoon until Tuesday lunchtime.

On the other hand, the drivers of the vehicles involved in the accident are in the authorities’ custody.

Dear AJ, you’ll surely be missed.

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