After months battling with lung cancer, seasoned actor Spanky Manikan has passed away at 75 years old.
The news of his death was confirmed by his manager Ed Instrella, who received a text from the actor’s wife, actress Susan Africa, saying that the husband “peacefully joined his Creator” as of 11:41AM today. She added:
“Please pray for his eternal peace and happiness. Thank you for everything.”
To honor his friend, actor Joel Saracho posted a short but heartfelt status on Facebook.
“paalam bunying aktor, spanky manikan. kupkupin ka nawa ni bathala sa kanyang kanlungan.”
It was in August last year when Nanding Josef, the late actor’s co-star, revealed Spanky’s condition to the world.
“Spanky, 75 years old has been diagnosed with lung cancer, stage 4, and is in need of financial assistance. He has been hospitalized 4 times already for various complications which has drained family savings ( Spanky’s loving wife, who has been by his side all this time is fellow actor Susan Africa-Manikan).”
A fund-raising campaign, “Sunday for Spanky” was also set up by the actor’s friends. In a Facebook post, Susan wrote with gratitude:
“To all who attended last night’s celebration of life and generously offered gifts for Spanky’s medical expenses, please accept our deepest gratitude. You have all touched Spanky so much with your generosity and love.”
Upon learning of the news, netizens offered their condolences on social media.
Spanky rose to fame after his roles in “Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag“, “Bona“, “Himala“, and “Broken Marriage“. Aside from film, he was also known for his theater parts in productions such as “Halimaw“, “Kabesang Tales“, “Caucasian Chalk Circle“, and “Salubong“.
Prior to his death, the veteran actor recently took part in television series “My Love from the Star“, “Alyas Robin Hood” ,and “FPJ‘s Ang Probinsyano“.
Rest in peace, Spanky Manikan.
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