Former Universal Motion Dancer and actor Wowie De Guzman tragically recounted how his wife, Sherryl Ann Reyes, mysteriously passed away. According to an interview on TV Patrol, he said Sheryl had no serious illness before they rushed her to the hospital. It all started when she complained of pain in her legs. “Sobrang bilis talaga, di namin alam talaga anong nangyari. Natutulog lang kami tapos tumayo lang siya, pumunta sa CR, umihi tapos bumalik para matulog ulit. Pero bago siya natulog may ininom siya na muscle pain reliever.Nagdilate na yung mata niya, nanigas na yung mga ganito [arms] niya, triny ko i-mouth to mouth, kaya lang wala talaga eh.”
Wowie added Sherryl only suffered from diabetes during her pregnancy but they managed to control it. And even though she experienced hypertension, it bought no complications.
However, when they got to the Pampanga Medical Specialist Hospital, Sherryl already had no pulse. “Nakikiusap kami na gawin niyo pa [ang lahat ng makakaya] baka kasi masalba pa,” Wowie related.
Although devastated, Wowie believes that there is a reason why Sherryl had to pass away at the age of 27. “Naniniwala ako na gusto ito ng nasa taas, ng Panginoon. Medyo masakit pero kailangan mong tanggapin kasi sigurado naman ako na hindi niya ibibigay to kung di ko naman makakayanan,” he said.
Wowie also admitted he has to be tough for their daughter, Alexandra Rafaelle, who is only a month old. “Ang pinakamaganda dun sa lahat may iniwan siyang alaala sa kin. Doon na lang ako humuhugot ng lakas ng loob. Ang dami naming pangarap para sa anak namin. And hindi ako pwede maging mahina kelangan magpakastrong para doon sa baby dahil kung maging weak ako unang masasaktan ang asawa ko.”
TV Patrol’s Mario Dumaual managed to get a hold of one of Wowie’s close friends, Gladys Reyes, one of his co-stars in the original Mara Clara. The actress described Wowie’s wife as someone who is full of life. “She’s full of life kapag magkakasama kami. Ni wala akong naramdaman kung may iniinda man siya sa katawan niya.”
Gladys, Judy Ann Santos and other celebrities close to Wowie are praying for his family.
Gladys already went to Pampanga and advised Wowie to remain strong despite the misfortune. “Magpakatatag siya. Kailangan-kailangan yun sa baby. Mahalin niya. At nandito kaming mga kaibigan niya to support him.”
Sherryl’s remains are currently at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Sta. Catalina, Lubao, Pampanga. The burial date has yet to be determined as Sheryl’s family is still waiting for the arrival of their relatives from abroad.