MANILA (UPDATED) — Royette Padilla, the brother of Robin Padilla and BB Gandanghari, has passed away at the age of 58, his family confirmed Saturday.
Their sister, Rebecca, confirmed the news on Facebook, writing: “Please whisper a prayer for our brother. A silent prayer for his eternal peace, please.”
Rebecca did not disclose details about Royette’s death, although a Pep report said the former actor died of a heart attack.
ABS-CBN News was independently verifying the report at the time the story was posted.
Royette appeared in 1990s movies such as “Di na Natuto (Sorry na, Puede ba?)” and “Mistah.” He was also part of the films “Buhay Kamao” (2001) and “Alab ng Lahi” (2003).
No stranger to controversy, Royette also had run-ins with the law that saw him land in jail.
In the 1990s, the former actor made headlines when he declared himself to be a “brigadier general” of a group dubbed the H-World United Nations Philippine Military Government International Police Commission.
Both Robin and BB Gandanghari have yet to post on social media about Royette’s death.
Royette is also the brother of actor Rommel Padilla, and the uncle to the younger Padilla stars Daniel and Bela.
Royette’s final post on Facebook was about how their mother, actress Eva Cariño, recovered from an illness. He said that the news was the best gift they received last Christmas.