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Veteran Filipino actor Eddie Garcia collapses on set after suffering heart attack

The moment Garcia collapsed was caught on video, a clip of which is currently circulating on social media

Eddie Garcia at the 7th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on March 18, 2013, where he won Best Actor. AFP
Eddie Garcia at the 7th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on March 18, 2013, where he won Best Actor. AFP

Veteran Filipino actor Eddie Garcia has collapsed on set after suffering a severe heart attack while filming a television series in Manila.

Garcia was working on a taping of upcoming TV show Rosang Agimat when he collapsed and was rushed to hospital. His collapse was caught on video, a clip of which is currently circulating on social media.

His family issued a statement saying that the 90-year-old actor is now under "critical observation".

"Please continue praying for Tito Eddie's fast recovery," the statement, reposted by actress and friend Sharon Cuneta, said.

"At 90, he is still doing what he loves most, acting. He is a pillar of this industry and is very passionate about his craft."

GMA Network, the television network producing Rosang Agimat, also released an official statement saying it is reviewing the video showing Garcia collapsing, which has since gone viral.

"The video of Mr Eddie Garcia faltering in his steps & eventually collapsing has reached GMA.

"We are seriously reviewing the said video as well as other videos of the same scene which our cameras also took before we make any conclusions on what really transpired," the statement said.

Cuneta the posted a tribute of her own, imploring fans to pray for Garcia's fast recovery.

"Please, everyone, my prayer warriors, pray with me for my Tito Eddie Garcia. He played my Daddy in my first movie and was my co-star in several others," she said.

"He directed my 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th movies, and a couple more, and a big part of all I have learned in terms of acting, work ethic, professionalism came from HIM."

Updated: June 9, 2019 03:39 PM

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