Lilia Cuntapay dies at 81 due to spinal cord illness

Dubbed as the “Queen of Philippine Horror Movies,” Lilia Cuntapay died on Saturday at the age of 81.

According to her relatives, the popular bitplayer said she suffered from a spinal cord illness.

Earlier this month, Cuntapay appealed for help from the public and those she worked with in the entertainment industry.

“Wala na ako sa showbiz dahil may sakit ako… Kung mahal niyo pa ako, any help will be appreciated,” she said.

[Translation: I am not in showbiz anymore because I am sick… If you still love me, any help will be appreciated.]

In the video, she ended her plea with, “‘Til then, see you. I miss you so much. I love you all.”

The Task Force Lingkod Cagayan (TFLC) brought her from  Gonzaga, Cagayan  to her son’s home in Pinili, Ilocos Norte.

She has made her mark in the industry for her roles in horror films, such as the Shake, Rattle, and Roll series and recently when paired to Actor Bangkay in Forevermore TV series topbilled by Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano.

Cuntapay, often a bit player in films, starred in her first lead role in 2011 “mockumentary” independent movie, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay where she was awarded the Best Actress award in the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival that year.

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