MANILA - Veteran actor Eddie Garcia suffered a neck fracture when he tripped and fell while shooting a TV series for GMA Network, a doctor attending to him said Sunday.
Dr. Enrique Lagman, Garcia's family doctor, said the actor did not suffer a heart attack as earlier reported.
"The doctors ruled out heart attack and stroke as proven by several validating tests done in Mary Johnston hospital. He is in critical condition due to severe cervical fracture," he said in a statement released by Garcia's family.
At present, Garcia, who is 90 years old, is in a deep sleep.
GMA earlier on Sunday said it was reviewing a viral video of veteran actor Eddie Garcia supposedly collapsing while shooting an upcoming television series for the media network.
Garcia was immediately taken to the Mary Johnston Hospital in Tondo, Manila after the incident.
The family of the veteran actor said they are still dealing with the situation and asked for privacy and prayers.
Garcia is widely regarded as one of the most versatile actors in the Philippine entertainment industry, portraying both lead characters and villains in action, comedy, drama, and even fantasy films and television series in a career spanning more than half a century.
His last project with ABS-CBN was a role in the Coco Martin-led primetime teleserye "Ang Probinsyano," portraying a drug lord. He bid farewell to the part last February.