Paquito Diaz dies at the age of 73

By on Mar 4, 2011 in Asia, Entertainment, Local Comments

Manila, Philippines – Veteran character- actor Paquito Diaz passed away at the age of 73, according to ABS-CBN News on Thursday night.

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Joanna Diaz-Gallent, the actor’s daughter, confirmed the news and said that Paquito Diaz died in his home in Daraga, Albay on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 8:20 pm (local time), ABS-CBN News reported.

“Yes my friend, it’s true, I’ve been in Bicol since Tuesday, and indeed, Dad has passed on.” Ms. Diaz- Gallent’s text message sent to ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) anchor Boyet Sison.

The local TV network also reported that Susan Tagle, a family friend, earlier confirmed the news to them, which she said she learned it from a relative of the actor.

Paquito Diaz died of pneumonia complications.” The doctors were quoted as saying on the report, noting that the actor had a difficulty in breathing.

Back in 2002, Diaz suffered from a stroke and his health eventually deteriorated. He was recently confined at the Estevez Memorial Hospital in Albay.

Last week, rumors spread that the actor passed away but the family strongly denied this and said that he is good health and may be released from the hospital soon.

Paquito Diaz, whose real name is Francisco Bustillos Diaz, was born on May 28, 1937 in Pampanga, and the father of actors Joko Diaz and Cheska Diaz.

The actor appeared in some hundreds of films, but most of them are villain roles, particularly in most movies of the late King of Philippine Movies, Fernando Poe, Jr (FPJ).

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