Eduardo Verchez García, who was professionally known as Eddie Garcia, won the Best Actor award at Gawad Urian 2019 at the University of the Philippines Film Institute in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on June 18, 2019. On June 20, 2019 at 4:55 p.m., the veteran actor passed away at the Makati Medical Center in Makati City, Metro Manila.
“Mr. Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Garcia passed away today, June 20, at 4:55 p.m.,” Makati Medical Center medical director Dr. Johnny Sinon confirmed through a medical bulletin. “We join the Filipino community in praying for the soul of Mr. Garcia and his dearly beloved family and friends. We extend our deepest condolences to the Garcia family.”
Garcia was 90 years old. He was born on May 2, 1929 in Sorsogon, Philippines.
In 2018, Garcia played a retired METROCOM Colonel with Alzheimer’s disease. He won Best Actor at Gawad Urian 2019 for his portrayal of the role.
On June 8, 2019, Garcia was declared dead on arrival (DOA) and revived at Mary Johnston Hospital in Tondo, Manila, Philippines, according to his longtime partner Lilibeth Romero. It was the first hospital where the veteran actor was rushed to after collapsing while filming a fight scene for upcoming GMA Network series “Rosang Agimat” in Katuparan, Tondo.
“He was declared DOA at the first hospital,” Romero told the Philippine Star. “I learned that when he stumbled on a cable wire and hit his head on the pavement, he broke his spinal cord. It was the freakest of accidents that could have been prevented.”
Romero said Garcia was revived at Mary Johnston Hospital and moved to Makati Medical Center where her uncle Dr. Enrique Lagman confirmed that the actor suffered neither a heart attack nor an aneurysm. On June 11, 2019, the hospital said he was still in a comatose and critical state due to severe cervical fracture.
On June 15, 2019, Garcia’s family has agreed to place the veteran actor on Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) status. Meanwhile, here is a video about his Gawad Urian 2019 win: