MANILA – Acclaimed Filipino actor Junix Inocian passed away in the United Kingdom on Saturday. He was 64.
The news was announced by his widow Luna and son JC in their respective Facebook pages.
In JC’s page, he shared the last photo he took of his father, saying their family is “so broken-hearted right now.”
He then thanked everyone who have sent their condolences to their family.
“Thank you all for your posts and messages.... My dad’s probably having a laugh about all of this in heaven,” he said.
This was the last photo i took of my dad....we are all so so broken hearted right now...thank you all for your posts and messages....my dads probably having a laugh about all of this in heaven
Posted by Jc Inocian on Saturday, 13 June 2015
According to reports, Inocian’s body was found in his London home on Saturday after he failed to show up in the shooting of his film. As of writing, authorities are reportedly still investigating the cause of his death.
Inocian was part of the original batch of Filipino actors to be cast in the Cameron Mackintosh musical “Miss Saigon” in 1989. He was in the same batch as Lea Salonga.
"My first exposure to your genius was when you played Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof. I was only 8 years old, and one of the many children in the ensemble. All I remember was that you were a force of nature, like a typhoon or a tornado," Salonga recalled in a post on Facebook.
"You then played Bundles the laundryman and Drake the butler when I played Annie for the first time (I was 9). Fast forward to 1989, and we headed off to Miss Saigon. There is no one like you, nor will there ever be. Right now as I write this I am wishing this was all a bad joke and that a posting from you saying 'Yudikutkut' will appear on your timeline, but I know that won't be the case. So, allow me to say, I am goodnighting you, my friend. The world will be a darker, sadder place without you," she added.
Inocian is also known for his role as Kuya Mario in the children’s television show “Batibot.”
"Ang aga naman, Junix... Pero kahit malungkot kami ngayon, maraming salamat sa pagpapasaya mo sa amin. Habang umaalingawngaw pa ang iyong halakhak dito, magpasasa ka sa tamis ng kapayapaan, kaibigan. Pakikiramay kay Luna at sa lahat ng kanyang naiwan," his "Batibot" co-star Bodjie Pascua wrote on his Facebook wall.
Following his death, several local celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to Inocian.