Family releases statement on Mark Gil death, reveals cancer diagnosis

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Family releases statement on Mark Gil death, reveals cancer diagnosis
His children also remember their father on social media

MANILA, Philippines – The family of the late Mark Gil has spoken up after news of his death broke on Monday morning, September 1. 

The statement revealed a prior liver cancer diagnosis, and that the actor himself had requested that this information not be made public. 

The statement was read on air via ABS-CBN by Michael de Mesa, also a prominent actor and the brother of the late actor, and in the presence of other family members.  

“We, the Eigenmann Family, would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everybody who has shown their concern for Ralph these past few weeks.

“It is with much sorrow that we announce that he passed away this morning at exactly 8am. He died peacefully in his sleep in the arms of his wife, Maricar, and surrounded by family.

“Ralph was first diagnosed with liver cancer two years ago, but it was only in June of this year that he found out that it was terminal. It was Ralph’s request that this should not be revealed, and we did not question his decision.

“To those who have asked us about his condition, especially his colleagues, the press and fans, we apologize for not being forthright, but we also ask for understanding.

“We would, however, like everyone to know that he spent his last days in comfort and in no pain. In fact, he was in good spirits and humor, and enjoying the presence of his entire family. Even then, he was still bringing us together, as he always has, and we are now all complete.

“Until the very end, he was a warrior. Ralph faced death with courage and grace, while still bringing laughter to the room. That was his gift: the ability to make those around him better.

“Ralph had told us that he only wanted to spend and cherish the remaining precious days of his life in the company of his family and closest friends. He also wished that we be allowed to grieve his passing in private.

“We all request that the public please respect his wish and allow us to mourn his passing accordingly.

“Please allow us this time as well to remember Ralph: husband, son, brother, father and grandfather.

“For the outpouring of love for Ralph that we’ve received on his behalf, we thank you. It is deeply appreciated.”

“For those who’ve known and loved him throughout his career in cinema, and television, we will hold a celebration of his life and work. We will announce the details at a later time. But for now we would like to assure everyone that as long as Filipino films are being watched and appreciated, there will always be Mark Gil.

“To quote a line from Batch ’81, one of the many movies he made his own, and characteristic of Ralph himself: ‘Sa simula’t katapusan ay kapatiran.'” (From the beginning to the end, brotherhood.) 

Tributes from children 

Earlier, son Gabby Eigenmann remembered his father on Instagram, posting this photo and a caption that read: 

“…And so you held my hand in yours, just like you did when I was young . But then you held it to your heart just as you slowly slipped away. Today I said goodbye to you Dad. I said the last I love you that you would hear. Fly free with the Lord, fly free without pain. No worries, no problems, just love. Thank you for everything you have done for me and the family. Thank you for the legacy you have left behind. You will be forever in our hearts, till we meet again.”  

Andi Eigenmann left a touching tribute to her father on Facebook, saying that her father stood with her throughout her much-publicized pregnancy.  

She also left this message describing her family on Facebook: 

Andi also left this tribute on Twitter: 


Daughter Maxine Eigenmann posted this tribute on Instagram, with the caption: “I love you, Daddy! #CANNES 1982” 

Born Raphael John Eigenmann, he is the son of veteran actors Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil. His siblings include actors Michael de Mesa and Cherie Gil. He leaves behind his wife, Maricar Jacinto-Eigenmann, and children Gabby Eigenmann, Timmy Eigenmann (Sid Lucero), Andi Eigenmann, Maxine Eigenmann, Ira Eigenmann, and Stevie Eigenmann.

Tributes from colleagues and fellow celebrities in the industry, as well as fans, continue to pour in. –

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