Veteran actress Susan Roces dies at 80

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Courtesy: Susan Roces Official Website

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 20) - Veteran actress Susan Roces has died on Friday, her daughter, Senator Grace Poe, confirmed. She was 80.

"With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved Jesusa Sonora Poe, whom many of you know as Susan Roces," Poe's official statement read.

"She passed away peacefully on a Friday evening, May 20, 2022, surrounded by love and warmth, with her daughter Grace, her nephews Joseph and Jeffrey and many of her family and close friends," it added.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Poe confirmed the cause of her mother's death.

"Ang aking nanay, nasa edad na rin. 80 years old na sya. Ang kanyang ikinamatay, ito yung sinabi ng doctor, cardiopulmonary arrest. Ibig sabihin, bumigay po ang kanyang puso," she said.

[My mother is already old. She's 80 years old. The cause of her death, according to the doctor, is cardiopulmonary arrest which means heart failure.]

Poe added there was "something different" with her mother during the past two weeks.

Roces was the widow of fellow veteran actor Fernando Poe Jr., who has died in 2004. Grace Poe is their lone daughter.

"Sa tingin ko, talagang nangungulila na sya sa tatay ko. Matagal na rin di ba," Poe bared as her voice cracks. "Madalas kapag nag-uusap kami, sya pa rin ang pinag-uusapan namin."

[My mother is really missing my dad. It's been long (since he died). Often when we talked, he'd still be our topic.]

Popularly known as the "Queen of the Philippine Movies," Roces first hit the spotlight in the 1950s as she became one of the most sought-after leading ladies of local cinema.

Her most recent role was that of 'Lola Flora' in ABS-CBN's long-time running series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano."

The wake of Roces is being held at the Heritage Park in Taguig City with public viewing slated for three days starting at 10am on May 22, Sunday until May 24, Tuesday. Poe advises the public to observe minimum health protocols.

Roces' interment is scheduled on Wednesday, exact time still to be determined, Poe added.