MARK GIL, 1961-2014

Monday, September 01, 2014

Veteran Filipino actor Mark Gil has died.

The Eigenmann family, in an official statement released through Gil’s manager, June Rufino, confirmed that the actor passed away at 8 a.m. today (Monday), September 1, 2014. Gil reportedly died due to cirrhosis of the liver. He was 52 years old. He would have turned a year older on September 25.

Mark Gil. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP).

The family requests their privacy at this time.

Members of the family, also thanked those who showed concern for the late actor in the past few weeks of his battle against liver cancer.

The family announced that Mark “died peacefully in his sleep in the arms of his wife, Maricar, and surrounded by family” at exactly 8 a.m.

The Eigenmanns also revealed that Mark learned that his illness was terminal (it was diagnosed two years ago) only last June. But he asked that the illness be kept a secret.

“We would 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.”

It was also Mark Gil’s wish to have a private ceremony.

“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.”

“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.”

Mark Gil back in the 80s.

Hours after his passing, Mark Gil has been cremated at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City.

According to a reliable source, Mark’s ashes will then be brought home, where the family can spend some private time with their departed loved one. A one-day ceremony is being planned in La Salle Greenhills, Ortigas.

Mark’s daughter, Andi Eigenmann posted a photo of herself and her dad on her Facebook fanpage and said, “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

Mark’s son Gabby, on the other hand, posted a photo of his dad and himself on Instagram and said, “...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.”

Gil (real name: Raphael Joseph De Mesa Eigenmann) belonged to one of the most respected showbiz clans in the country. He is the son of actors Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil, brother of actors Michael De Mesa and Cherie Gil. He is quarter Filipino, quarter Spanish, and half Swiss German descent.

Gil is the father of singer/actor Gabby Eigenmann and Ira Eigenmann from actress Irene Celebre. He is also the father of Timothy Mark Eigenmann (better known as actor Sid Lucero) and Maxene Eigenmann from actress Bing Pimentel, and of Andi Eigenmann from another actress, Jaclyn Jose. He has been married since 1996 to Maricar Jacinto Eigenmann.

Mark Gil was survived by his five children and five grandchildren.

One of Gil’s more recent projects was the ABS-CBN primetime soap, The Legal Wife, where he played the role of Dante Ramos.


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