MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – The daughter of Paquito Diaz on Sunday refuted a newspaper report that the veteran actor passed away.
According to the report, which came out Sunday morning, the 73-year-old actor passed away on Saturday in Albay.
Diaz's daughter, Joanna Diaz-Gallent, said her father is still alive. She added that rumors of her father's death have spread around in the past.
“It’s ok. Mag-one month na kami tinetext na he's dead na daw. Sanay na kami," she said in a text message sent to ANC.
Jean Balagtas, daughter of action film director Jose “Kaka” Balagtas and official secretary of the Katipunan ng mga Artista ng Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon (KAPPT), also denied reports that Diaz has died.
“Hindi po totoo ang balita. Nakausap po ng mga taga-Actors Guild si Joko at sinabi niya mismo na hindi patay ang kanyang ama,” informed Balagtas.
Joko, a son of Diaz, is a member of KAPPT board of directors.
In 2002, Diaz suffered a stroke, causing his health to deteriorate. He was recently rushed to a hospital in Bicol because of an illness.
Diaz, also known as Kits in show business, is confined at the Estevez Memorial Hospital in Legazpi City, Albay.
The actor, Francisco Bustillos Diaz in real life, was born on May 28, 1937 in Pampanga.
Diaz was introduced in the movie “Son of Fung Ku.” He has done hundreds of films but gained iconic status as the villain in many films with the late Fernando Poe Jr. –ANC and Boy Villasanta, abs-cbnNEWS.com
(Erratum: We inadvertently reported earlier that actor Paquito Diaz passed away. We apologize for the mistake)