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    Eddie Garcia passes away at 90

    MANILA, Philippines – Veteran actor Eduardo Verchez Garcia, known in the entertainment industry as Eddie Garcia, passed away on Thursday afternoon, June 20, after being in comatose for 12 days, the hospital confirmed. He was 90.

    Eddie Garcia passes away at 90
    Rest in peace, Eddie Garcia!

    The Makati Medical Center (MMC) issued a bulletin stating his death.

    "Mr. Eduardo "Eddie" Garcia passed away today, June 20, at 4:55 pm," Artemio Cabrera Salvador, Division Head of MMC wrote in the bulletin.

    "We join the entire Filipino community in praying for the soul of Mr. Garcia and his dearly beloved family and friends. We extend our deepest condolences to the Garcia Family,"  Salvador added.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Antonio Rebosa, who serves as the family spokesperson, also confirmed the sad news to media.

    Garcia suffered from severe cervical fracture as he tripped and fell while shooting for a series of GMA-7 last June 8.

    The incident broke his C1 and C2 vertebrae in his neck and affected his brain.

    On Wednesday, MMC said that electroencephalogram (EEG) test showed that Garcia already has “minimal brain activity.”

    SEE ALSO: Lawmakers honor Eddie Garcia, ask DepEd to name a school after him

    Garcia was named Best Actor in the 42 Gawad Urian held on June 18.

    Garcia’s portrayal of an elderly crazed military man in the Martial Law-inspired movie “ML” earned him the award.

    ML’s director Benedict Mique received the award on behalf of Garcia. He also got emotional as he read the message from Garcia’s family.

    The Best Actor award was Garcia’s third Gawad Urian trophy, his second as best actor. In 2006, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Other notable works of Garcia as an actor and director include: Beast of the Yellow Night (1971), The Woman Hunt (1972), Magdusa ka! (1986), The Debut (2000), Abakada... Ina (2001) and Bwakaw (2012). He also starred in television programs such as Little Nanay (GMA) and Ang Probinsyano (ABS-CBN).

    — The Summit Express

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