Family plans to grant Eddie Garcia's dying wish of cremation: spokesperson

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2019 07:32 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2019 10:53 PM

Eddie Garcia has been in a relationship with his partner, Lilibeth Romero, for more than 30 years. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATED) -- Lilibeth Lagman Romero, the partner of Eddie Garcia for more than 30 years, has reacted to the death of the legendary actor-director with relative calmness, the family's spokesperson said. 

Dr. Tony Rebosa told ABS-CBN News hours after Garcia's passing this Thursday that "Lilibeth is quite composed, unlike the last few days. She knows that Tito Eddie is now at peace and there's no more pain." 

Rebosa added that the family has decided to grant Garcia's dying wish of being cremated, and that they will hold a wake in his honor for the fans. 

Garcia revealed in a previous interview back in 2012 that he does not want a wake, that he wishes to be cremated immediately after his passing, and that his ashes scattered on Manila Bay. 

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According to Rep. Mikee Romero of the 1-PACMAN party-list, Garcia's stepson, the remains of the actor have been transferred to the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig. 

His remains are set to be cremated at 11 p.m.

His wake is scheduled to start 9 a.m. Friday, also at the Heritage Memorial Park. 

Garcia was died Thursday afternoon after nearly two weeks in a coma due to a neck injury he sustained while shooting a TV series for GMA Network. 

He was officially diagnosed with a severe cervical fracture and was placed on "do-not-resuscitate" status last June 15. 

His death came just days after he was awarded the Gawad Urian for best actor for his role in the 2018 Cinemalaya movie "ML."