MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – Eighteen-year-old actor AJ Perez was killed in a highway accident in Tarlac early Sunday morning, according to showbiz reporter and columnist Ogie Diaz.
Diaz, who said he has talked to the father of the Star Magic actor, reported that Perez was on his way back to Manila when the van he was in collided with a truck in Tarlac.
"Galing ng Dagupan, pauwi na. Tulog lahat sa van. Sa Tarlac, biglang bumangga sa trak. Bago pa nadala si AJ Perez sa ospital, wala nang buhay," said Diaz in his Twitter account.
"Nasa isang clinic sa Paniqui, Tarlac ang mga labi ni AJ Perez. Kausap ko si Daddy kanina, iyak nang iyak. Ndi ako makakatulog nito," added Diaz.
Diaz said that the truck rammed the side of the van where the actor was resting.
"Bumangga daw yung truck sa side ng van kung saan nandu’n ang ulo ni Aj Perez na natutulog sa byahe pa-Manila sa Paniqui, Tarlac naganap," he said.
A separate internet post by The Buzz head writer Darla Sauler said Perez had just finished a show in Dagupan prior to the accident that took place at 12:20 a.m.
“Galing siya sa isang show daw sa Dagupan nang mabangga sa truck at isang bus (according to initial reports : PARTAS) ang sinasakyan nila. 12:20am daw ang time of death ng young actor dahil sa multiple head injuries,” said Sauler in a blog post.
Perez, a member of ABS-CBN’s circle of homegrown talents collectively known as Star Magic, was part of the recently concluded primetime drama, “Sabel”.
Shortly before the accident, Perez was still able to post a Twitter message thanking his fans who attended his show in Dagupan.
"On the way home already from Dagupan.Long drive ahead.. Thanks to everybody who watched, thanks to zui for the gifts.And hi again to jarred!" said Perez.
I AM TOTALLY CRYING RIGHT NOW :’( LET’S JUST PRAY FOR HIS SOUL.