- Ricardo Vizcarra Michaga, more popularly known as Dick Israel, has been one of the country’s revered veteran actors
- According to his colleague Vivian Velez, he passed away on Tuesday night after vomiting a lot of blood
- Dick has been in dire straits due to his failing health and loss of his home in Caloocan City last July
Veteran actor Dick Israel has been through a lot for the past few months, struggling with his years-long sickness and living life all over again after his rouse was razed by a fire.
His pleas for help have reached his peers in showbiz, who paid him a visit and lent their assistance through financial or material aid.
However, life is unexpected and we do not know when it will end. Unfortunately, the actor passed away yesterday. He succumbed to death after he vomited a lot of blood on Tuesday night.
The news was brought by his colleague Vivian Velez, who was one of the celebrities who helped Dick to recover from his maladies. She launched a fundraiser for the late actor through Damay Kamay, a celebrity-led charity that gives back to their colleagues in need.
She shared a photo of the actor during his heyday, with a heartwarming caption that read: "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".
Vivian’s post also appeared in Damay Kamay’s Facebook page.
Another member of the organization, actress/manager Nadia Montenegro, took to Instagram to post about Dick’s demise.
CNN Philippines reported that his remains are now at the St. Peter Memorial Chapel in Araneta Avenue, Quezon City.
Prior to losing his house in a fire, the actor has been ill since he has not fully recovered from a stroke he had six years ago.
Dick Israel, whose real name is Ricardo Vizcarra Michaca, has indeed been one of the country’s most notable actors.
His career has spanned for forty decades, playing various roles in film and television. He won Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the 80s films ‘Patrolman’ and ‘Kanto Boy: Anak ni Totoy Gwapo’.