Veteran actor Dick Israel has died, Vivian Velez says

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Posted at Oct 11 2016 11:00 PM | Updated as of Oct 11 2016 11:21 PM

Veteran actor Dick Israel has died, Vivian Velez told DZMM Teleradyo on Tuesday night.

Veteran actor Dick Israel passed away Tuesday night, actress Vivian Velez said. 

Velez, in an interview with DZMM, said Israel's son told her that the actor started vomiting blood before he died inside their house.

Velez said Israel's wife was also brought to the hospital two weeks ago and is now comatose.

In July, a fire hit the Israel's family's house, which destroyed almost everything he had worked for in his long showbiz career.

He also suffered a stroke in 2010 that left half of his body paralyzed and affected his speech.

Velez is part of Damay Kamay, an organization founded by artists to provide assistance to their needy colleagues in the entertainment industry. She also helped Israel and his family relocate to their new residence.

DZMM was able to contact Israel's family, but the actor's kin requested privacy.