Veteran star Vivian Velez was the first to confirm to the public that seasoned kontrabida Dick Israel has passed away last October 11.
Dick’s remains are already at St. Peter’s Chapel in Araneta Avenue, Quezon City.
According to ABS-CBN News reporter MJ Felipe, his family said that Dick’s cause of death remains unknown.
“Kagabi mag a-alas otso nang sumuka siya ng dugo at agad na binawian ng buhay,” he said.
In 2010, Dick suffered from a stroke, which made it impossible for him to go back into acting.
He made headlines last July following reports that his house in Caloocan caught fire. Among the celebrities who first expressed concern for his welfare was his celebrity friend Nadia Montenegro, who was also shocked after hearing the news.
A good Samaritan volunteered to let Dick and his family stay in their Makati home until the rebuilding of his Caloocan house becomes complete.
“Shocked na shocked kami kasi we were just preparing to get everything all in order para lang makita namin si Tats mabigay namin ‘yung mga natitira niyang donations para by Christmas sana nabuo na ‘yung bahay niya,” Nadia shared.