Veteran actor John Regala (John Paul Guido Boucher Scherrer) died (Source: Facebook)
The award-winning Filipino actor John Regala has passed away, and his obituary has been widely posted online. The untimely demise of their beloved family member has devastated his family.
Recognized for his portrayals of antagonistic characters, particularly during the 1990s, Regala is often informally referred to as the “bad boy” of Philippine action cinema, alongside esteemed action stars such as Robin Padilla and the late Ace Vergel.
Regala had a number of illnesses before he passed away, according to our investigation. Learn about John Regala cause of death by reading this article.
John Regala Death: What happened to him?
MANILA – Veteran actor John Regala, who rose to fame in the 1980s for his fiery on-screen personas, passed away on Saturday at the age of 55. Regala’s wife Victoria Scherrer confirmed to ABS-CBN News.
Victoria Scherrer’s statement
“He died at 6:28 a.m. of cardiac arrest due to liver and kidney complications at the New Era General Hospital,” Regala’s wife, Victoria Scherrer, told ABS-CBN News. The actor had been under critical care for three weeks at the Quezon City hospital until he expired, Scherrer added.
What Illness did John suffer before death?
The deceased actor, most remembered for his kontrabida performances on Philippine television, was hospitalized in 2020 while battling hepatic cirrhosis. After John was seen asking for assistance from a delivery food rider that year, pictures of him went viral and worried internet users.
John revealed he lived alone in Quezon City and was forced to care for himself in a previous interview with Raffy Tulfo for Idol in Action. Raffy Tulfo, a former broadcaster now a politician, promised to provide the actor with financial assistance and other support.
Scherrer thanked the Iglesia ni Cristo organization for standing by Regala during his terminal illness.
“Nagpapasalamat din ako sa mga kapwa niya artista, gayundin ang mga studio, lahat po, na tumulong sa kanya,” she said. “Gayundin sa tiyuhin niyang si senator Robin Padilla at sa kanyang pamilya na hindi siya pinabayaan. Napakabuti po niya!”
Regala’s family is still finalizing wake arrangements for the actor at St. Peter Chapels in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.
Regala about his fight with depression and illness
Character actor John Regala is suffering from depression again due to his illness and his strong desire to act again in television and movies.
He made a pleading appeal: “I’m just begging the television networks, to give me a job. I can still [act] because it makes me happy. Thank you very much.”
John was eager to work, but it was still impossible. When talking about his illness, John said, “I just ask God, I hope He doesn’t torture me anymore if He takes me.
“I’m fine now and I’m getting stronger. I know that there is no cure for my illness but I just use my energy to serve God.
“I’m just here in my condominium unit waiting for a chance to go back to the movies.” John has been out of work for a long time which is lucky because many people help him to buy the daily medicines he needs.
“Some loyal supporters help me, especially the Iglesia Ni Cristo who do not abandon me during the pandemic. “But acting in movies and teleseryes are the things I look forward to experiencing again is my only wish.
“Thank you so much to the people who continue to believe in me and pray for me. “Thank you very much to the people who help and support me. I will never forget you, I will treasure your kindness wherever I go,” thanked John.
Who was John Regala?
The late character actor Mel Francisco and the late actress Ruby Regala were the parents of Regala. His extensive drug addiction put a stop to his Hollywood career.
He later attended a drug rehab facility, converted to Christianity, and ultimately began serving as a Christian minister.
He made the decision to join the Iglesia ni Cristo after some time had passed in his life. John is one of the most controversial actors in the Philippines because of his colorful and complex life story.
Later, he joined the Members Church of God International, but in 2015, he returned to the Iglesia ni Cristo. As the President and CEO of Project Green Evolution, Inc., which makes the Water Bonsai Organic Root Grower, Regala developed into an environmentalist.
He began his career as a member of the group “That’s Entertainment” in the 1980s before going on to play both the hero and the antagonist in movies like “Boy Kristiano,” “Isa-Isahin ko Kayo,” “Primitivo Ebok Ala: Kalaban Mortal ni Baby Ama,” and “The Vizconde Massacre: God Help Us.”
Additionally, he played the lead role in the horror comedy “Zombading: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington” and received best-supporting actor for the 2011 Metro Manila Filmfest film “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story.” Additionally, Regala made appearances in a number of teleseryes, the last of which was “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” before the epidemic.
John is said to have lost two sons.”He has a son with his first wife, in America, then Tito has an adopted son, who is thirty years old.
“His hill is still being repaired so there are no details yet. I will find out later,” Nene told PEP.ph. John was born on September 12, 1967.
When John first retired from acting, he became an environmentalist and worked as the President of Project Green Evolution, Inc., which produces the Water Bonsai Organic Root Grower. Let us all pray for the eternal repose of his soul.
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