Former matinee idol Jose Mari Gonzales passes away

Former matinee idol Jose Mari Gonzales passes away

- Jose Mari Gonzales, a former actor and politician, died at the age of 76

- The sad news was confirmed by his daughter Cristina Gonzales

- The ex-matinee idol’s interment is still unannounced

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Former matinee idol and musician Jose Mari Gonzales passed away on April 16 at the age of 76.

KAMI learned of this sad news through a social media post made by Aster Amoyo, a showbiz writer and a close friend of the Gonzales family.

According to her, Jose died at the hospital because of pneumonia and cardiac arrest.

It was also stated in her Facebook post that the former actor’s wake will be at Heritage Memorial Chapel in Taguig City.

“He is survived by his wife Charito ‘Chayong’ Malarky-Gonzalez, children Cristina, Jose Luis, Michael, Ana Margarita and Jose Mari, Jr. and grandchildren,” Aster quipped.

“His wake starts tomorrow at the Heritage Memorial Chapel in Taguig City up to Friday. Interment to be announced later. Let us pray for the repose of his soul,” she added.

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Jose’s daughter, and also a former actress, Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez confirmed the information and also aired some words of grief because of what happened.

She expressed that her dad was a very strict father but she was able to learn a lot from him when he was still alive.

"Goodbye Dad! You have been a Blessing to Mom me jolong mike anna chemari and to our whole family. I am blessed to have you as my father," she wrote.

"So many good memories with you and Mom since we were little never failing to take us with you on your trips out of town. Being quite strict to us but within reason. I have learned so much from you. You will always be in our hearts! We love you Dad!” she added.

Jose Mari Gonzales was born on June 15, 1942. He began his showbiz career at the young age of 17 and he also became a representative of San Juan City in 1998.

He signed a contract with Sampaguita Pictures and this paved the way for him to star in classic movies including ““Beatnik,” “Operatang Sampay Bakod,” and “Tindahan Ni Aling Epang.”

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