The actor popularly known as “Bangkay” was found dead at a beach resort in Plaridel, Quezon. He was 71 years old.
Named Jose”Nonong” Clemente de Andres in real life, the cause of his death, according to GMA News Online is “apparent suicide”.
But according to ABS-CBN news, the veteran actor has suffered from emphysema (long-term, progressive disease of the lungs), and other ailments prior to his death.
“Bangkay” has been managing the beach resort where his remains were found early Tuesday morning. The resort reportedly belongs to the town mayor.
De Andres’ death was announced by his nephew Powee Capino, in a Facebook post on November 6, 2018. Capino said that “Bangkay” passed away early in the morning. He asked for prayers for the eternal repose of the soul of De Andres.
Here’s Capino’s FB post:
Please pray for the eternal repose of the “soul of my Tito Nonong who passed away early this morning. He is more popularly known as “Bangkay” in horror movies and “Bangky” in Forevermore. This is aside from the hundreds of movies and tv appearances he was in throughout his acting career. He was 71.
Capino further announced that members of the public can visit and celebrate the life of his Uncle Nonong at the Loyola Memorial Chapel in Sucat, Parañaque starting November 8, 2018, in the afternoon.
De Andres has played bit roles in more than 100 movies and TV shows.
His gaunt looks and thin body was perfect for playing the character he most often played – a dead man in comedy or horror movies. He earned the nickname “Kamatayan” (death) and later “Bangkay” (corpse) for doing so.
He became part of the series “Forevermore”, which top billed Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil.
Playing the role of “Bangky” in the series, he became part of a love team called “BangLi”, with fellow horror veteran, Lilia Cuntapay, as his partner.