Veteran actor Dick Israel dies at 68

MANILA, Philippines - Veteran actor Ricardo Vizcarra Michaca popularly known as Dick Israel died Tuesday night, October 11, actress Vivian Velez has confirmed in a radio interview.

Veteran actor Dick Israel dies at 68

Velez told ABS-CBN's radio arm DZMM the bad news from Israel's son that the actor died inside their house.

He was 68.

Velez also posted the news on Facebook, she said: "Remembering his wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. RIP Dick Israel."

In a report from PEP, actress Ara Mina said Israel died due to cardiac arrest.

Velez added that the actor's wife was also brought to the hospital and now comatose. The condition of his wife possibly caused serious effect on his health, friends from the show business believed.

In July, a huge fire hit Israel's house.

Meanwhile, he suffered stroke in 2010 which paralyzed half of his body and affected his speech.

Dick Israel who played mostly villain and sidekick roles in most of Filipino movies left a great mark in the entertainment industry. He won Best Supporting Actor award in the 1988 and 1994 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) for Patrolman and Kanto Boy: Anak ni Totoy Guwapo movies.

Rest in peace, Dick Israel!

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