EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this column incorrectly said that Julio Diaz passed away. However, it was actually his namesake half-brother who died of cardiac arrest on Sunday.
Mariano Regaliza Jr., the half-brother of the actor Mariano Regaliza, better known as Julio Diaz, passed away on Sunday night, October 23, after suffering a heart attack.
The sad news broke out after the actor’s sister, Lulu Datuin, posted on Facebook about their brother’s death.
In April, Datuin called for help as Julio Diaz had to undergo a brain surgery to treat a condition. The surgery was successful but the actor was later included in the drug watch list in Meycauayan, Bulacan.
The veteran actor admitted to being involved in drugs in the past but said that he has already quit the dangerous habit.
Diaz is known as one of the most versatile dramatic actors in Philippine cinema, appearing in movies such as “Kinatay,” “Serbis,” “I Luv U, Pare Ko,” Pikit-mata,” “Ang Misis ni Mayor,” “Anak ng Tatay Mo,” “Pedrong Palad,” and “Sana Pag-ibig Na.”
He recently appeared in the award-winning film starring Jaclyn Jose called “Ma Rosa,” directed by Brillante Mendoza.
He had been nominated several times for best actor for his performances in “Sakay,” “Bayani,” “Takaw Tukso,” and “Soliloquy,” and for best supporting actor for his performances in “Blood Ties” and “Serbis.”
The actor recently appeared in television series such as “FPJ’s Ang Probinsiyano,” “Juan Tamad,” “Nathaniel,” “Pasion De Amor,” and “Dear Uge.”