TJ Cruz, son of Tirso Cruz III, dies after battle with cancer


Posted at Nov 21 2018 09:29 PM

Former actor TJ Cruz, son of screen veteran Tirso Cruz III, passed away after a months-long battle with cancer, a family member confirmed on Wednesday. He was 37.

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TJ Cruz (top-right) is survived by (clockwise from top-left) his brother Bodie, father Tirso, sister Djanin, and mother Lynn. Instagram: @bodiecruz

TJ’s passing was announced on Instagram by his brother, actor Bodie Cruz, in a post showing photos of their family.

“The battle with cancer for the past six months was tough, but it was also a time we got to experience God’s love and faithfulness in abundance as a family,” Bodie wrote.

TJ was one of Tirso Cruz’s three children with wife Lynn, along with Bodie and Djanin.

“I am so grateful to the Lord for your life that was filled with passion, boldness and love,” Bodie continued. “You desired nothing but to serve God and to glorify Him through dancing.”


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“Now, you will be able to do it free from sickness and pain, and in front of our Creator Himself — and you get to worship Him there forever. I love you, Kuya,” he said.

TJ had just only recently celebrated his birthday last October 22. At the time, his mother Lynn’s wish was “many, many more birthdays to come.”

One of the original cast members of “Ang TV” in 1992, TJ went on to star in films including “Eskapo” and “Rollerboys.” While his father and brother remained in showbiz, TJ opted to step out of the limelight in 2003.

He founded Spike for Hope, a volleyball tournament that aims to raise funds for children with critical illnesses.