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Sharon Cuneta: Eddie Garcia 'should not have died yet'

Sharon Cuneta: Eddie Garcia 'should not have died yet'

MANILA, Philippines — Veteran actor Eddie Garcia “should not have died yet,” Megastar Sharon Cuneta said Thursday.

“He should not have died yet. Had there been no neglect of safety for the actors, he would have lived to more than 100…!!!” Cuneta wrote in an Instagram post.

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HE SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED YET. HAD THERE BEEN NO NEGLECT OF SAFETY FOR THE ACTORS, HE WOULD HAVE LIVED TO MORE THAN 100…!!! I have had not only a professional relationship but a personal one with him as well. I grew up under his tutelage and he means so much to me. Sorry if I’m venting but this was totally avoidable. Especially for an actor who was 90 years old…It is a matter of a few people who failed to be 100% careful and were negligent. I do not mean to say a whole organization or station should be blamed – this is an issue I do not wish to be involved in but for his family and co-workers on that day to debate on and argue about. Wala namang may gustong mangyari ito. But I AM ANGRY BECAUSE THIS COULD HAVE TOTALLY BEEN AVOIDED. BUHAY NI TITO EDDIE ANG NAWALA AT NAWALA SIYA SA AMIN. Di ninyo maiintindihan ang nararamdaman namin…Please stop giving me flak at this painful time. I am feeling and still reeling from this and you can only think and give opinions even if they are absolutely ignorable and unnecessary – the last thing I need now, really…while I cry. Let me and those who knew and will always love him grieve in our own unique ways…Thank you for this, @iamnoelferrer . This is the way I will remember him too. Or better yet, as April’s Papa in Dear Heart…

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Garcia passed away at the age of 90. He suffered a neck fracture after tripping on a cable wire on the set of an upcoming teleserye last June 8.

Cuneta’s post was accompanied by a video of Garcia’s interview with film producer and writer Noel Ferrer.

Asked about the challenges in his acting career, Garcia said: “Para sakin (For me), every role assigned to me is a challenge because it will be the best recommendation for another job.”

The veteran also joked about his dream role, saying “I’ve practically done all kinds of roles. Mayroon lang isang hindi ko pa nagagawa (There was only one role I wasn’t able to do): leading lady.”

Cuneta then said: “This is the way I will remember him too. Or better yet, as April’s Papa in Dear Heart…”

Garcia played the role of Cuneta’s father Don Manolo in the 1981 film “Dear Heart.”

In a previous post, Cuneta said the passing of Garcia marks “the end of an era.”

“Kokonti na lang ang mga artistang “old school” na napakalaki ng kontribusyon sa industriya at sa puso ng bawat Pilipino, at marunong trumato ng katrabaho ng tama, sikat man o “maliliit” ang tingin sa trabaho nila pero malaki naman talaga ang naibibigay sa ating mga artista,” Cuneta said.

(There are only a few artists now who belong to the “old school,” those who have contributed immensely to the industry and live in the hearts of every Filipino. They know how to treat their co-workers well, famous or not.)

“Maraming salamat po, Mr. Eddie Garcia. Walang sinuman sa showbiz ngayon o kahit sa mga ipanganganak pa ang puedeng umupo sa tronong iniwan ninyo,” she added.

(Thank you very much, Mr. Eddie Garcia. No one in showbiz today or in the future will be able to sit in your throne.) (Editor: Eden Estopace)