September 1, 2014
The Eigenmann family on Monday released a statement on the death of award-winning actor Mark Gil. Born Ralph John Eigenmann, Gil died due to liver cancer. He was 52.
According to the family, Gil was diagnosed with liver cancer two years ago, but only found out that it was terminal this year. They said that it had been the actor's request not to reveal his condition.
The son of actors Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil, Mark Gil was part of one of the most respected showbiz clans in the country. His sister Cherie Gil and brother Michael de Mesa are also well-known character actors who have made numerous films.
He is also the father of actors Gabby Eigenmann (with commercial model/actress Irene Celebre), Sid Lucero (with Bing Pimentel), and Andi Eigenmann (with actress Jaclyn Jose).
The family's statement follows in full:
“We, the Eigenmann Family, would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everybody who has shown their concern for Ralph these past few weeks.
It is with much sorrow that we announce that he passed away this morning at exactly 8 am. He died peacefully in his sleep in the arms of his wife, Maricar, and surrounded by family.
Ralph was first diagnosed with liver cancer two years ago, but it was only in June of this year that he found out that it was terminal. It was Ralph’s request that this should not be revealed, and we did not question his decision.
To those who have asked us about his condition, especially his colleagues, the press and fans, we apologize for not being forthright, but we also ask for understanding.
We would, however, 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.
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.
We all request that the public please respect his wish and allow us to mourn his passing accordingly.
Please allow us this time as well to remember Ralph: husband, son, brother, father and grandfather.
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."
GIL, Mark (Raphael Joseph De Mesa Eigenmann)
Born: 9/25/1961, Manila, Philippines
Died: 9/1/2014, Manila, Philippines
Mark Gil’s western – actor:
Zorro – 2009 (Horacio Pelaez)