How did Mario Dumaual die? Veteran journalist cause of death explained

Mario Dumaual cause of death. (Source: Facebook)

The veteran ABS-CBN showbiz reporter Mario Dumaual passed away at the age of 64, and condolences are pouring in for the family. Keep reading to know more about Mario Dumaual and his cause of death in detail.


Who was Mario Dumaual?

In 1982, Mario started his career as an entertainment writer for the Journal Group of Companies.

Dumaual was a reporter for entertainment before joining the Ministry of Agriculture. He also had jobs at a shipping line and a finance firm.

In 1982, he started working at the Times Journal. When he received a job offer from ABS-CBN, he became a columnist in Malaya.

His television career began in 1987 when he joined ABS-CBN News as an entertainment reporter and continued up until his death. On July 31, Mario would have turned 65 years old.

Mario received the Joe Quirino Award at the 5th EDDYS Awards, which were hosted at the Metropolitan Theatre on November 26, 2022, in honur of his work in the entertainment sector.

Dumaual is one of the most active entertainment writers in the nation, and during the course of his career, he has spoken with numerous national and international personalities.

He received a brass five-point star in the German Moreno Walk of Fame in Eastwood City, Quezon City, in January, 2023.


How did Mario Dumaual die?

Mario Dumaual, a veteran ABS-CBN showbiz reporter, passed away on July 5, 2023, at the age of 64.

His family posted the heartbreaking information on his official Facebook page.

The statement from the family is as follows:

“We are devastated to announce the passing of Mario Dumaual — Papa to his wife Cherie and children Luigi, Miguel, Maxine, William, and Thessa; Wowo to his grandchildren Sky, Alonzoe, and Tali; and Yayo to his siblings.

Mario, who would have turned 65 on July 31, died at 8:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5 due to septic shock. He had been battling a severe fungal infection, a complication during his recovery from a heart attack. He was confined for a month at the Philippine Heart Center.

Papa was strong, he kept fighting on, overcoming the heart attack then a cardiac arrest. He would always say he wanted to go home because he missed us, his family. But the infection overwhelmed his body’s ability to recover.

What comforts us is he knew that we were always with him, waiting for him, and that home was wherever he felt our love. We also made it a point to let him know how loved he was by his friends in the industry and even kind strangers who have been offering prayers and help for his recovery.

Papa was our rock, we depended much on him. But he also nurtured us to become strong and able and to be the best version of ourselves. Beyond us his family, we’d like to think he also left a legacy in entertainment journalism. He made us proud as Mario Dumaual, the reporter, but ultimately more so as a devoted husband, father, ang granddad.

Our family will share details of Papa’s wake in the coming days.”

His wife Cherie, children Luigi, Miguel, Maxine, William, and Thessa, as well as his grandchildren Sky, Alonzoe, and Tali, survive the veteran journalist.

ABS-CBN also shared the news of Dumaual’s passing on their Twitter account.

It read,

“Veteran ABS-CBN News entertainment reporter Mario Dumaual has passed away, according to his family.

Goodbye and thank you, Kapamilya.”

Dumaual is one of the most active entertainment writers in the nation, and during the course of his career, he has spoken with numerous national and international personalities.

Knowing that his family was by his side, unshakable in their love and support, gave Mario comfort in his final moments. He also found consolation in the tremendous outpouring of affection and well wishes from colleagues and even strangers who offered prayers and support for his recovery.

Mario served as a pillar of stability and a dependable rock for his family. Along with providing for them, he also nurtured them, teaching them the virtues of determination and resilience.

They are proud of his work as the renowned reporter Mario Dumaual, but they adore him more for being a loving spouse, father, and grandfather.

The family will provide information about Mario’s wake in the coming days, allowing friends, coworkers, and fans to pay their final respects to this important person in the industry.


Mario Dumaual Cause of death

The legendary ABS-CBN showbiz reporter’s cause of death has been made public following his passing. Mario, who would have turned 65 on July 31, passed away at 8:01 a.m. on July 5 as a result of Septic Shock, a disease that occasionally happens in severe sepsis that causes blood pressure to decrease and the organs to become oxygen-deficient.

Mario’s wife said that he had been struggling with a serious fungal infection, which had developed as a side effect of his heart attack recovery. He spent a month in the Philippine Heart Center’s hospital.

Since Mario Dumaual suffered a heart attack and was confined to a hospital, his family pleaded with the public to remember the ABS-CBN entertainment reporter in their prayers.

On June 8, 2023, Miguel Dumaual, his son and an online journalist, wrote on Facebook:

“It’s been a difficult week, but we still have much to be grateful for. Papa suffered a heart attack last Monday and remains under critical care today, three days on. But he can now at least tell us, during the few times he’s given his phone while isolated, that he misses and wishes to be with us. I’ve never treasured a message so much after what Papa went through and is still hurdling.

Papa’s never once been confined in my 32 years, so this experience has been overwhelming. But us family have kept each other anchored (love you Ma Cherie); our relatives too have been a solid source of strength (thank you Carl for helping align so much to save Papa’s life).

The constant stream of messages and well wishes for Papa — from his friends in the industry and countless others he’s worked with or briefly encountered, and even kind strangers — they have been a heartwarming reminder of how loved he is. Sorry that I haven’t been able to reply right away to most of the messages; we’re hoping to share better, more encouraging news as Papa recovers.

For now please keep him in your prayers. We claim that in the coming days we’ll have more to be grateful for, including having him back home.”

Mario Dumaual’s wife stressed that he persisted in fighting through the heart attack and subsequent cardiac arrest. He would frequently express a desire to return home because he missed his family, she continued. His body tried to heal, but the illness was too strong. Unfortunately, Mario Dumaual passed away after a long battle with the illness.


Tributes to Mario Dumaual

On social media, colleagues in the entertainment sector paid respect to Dumaual.

Jerald Uy wrote: “Kapag tumatawag si sir Mario Dumaual sa Viber, kinakabahan ako kasi lodi ko ‘to sa entertainment journalism. Even in his 60s, he’d take videos for socmed posting, which were a different content from what his AV package would be. There’s no ego yet he has his way of learning where the celebs were prior to their red carpet appearance or how to get a video message of a Golden Globe nominee before anyone else. He’s so gentle when he spoke. He’d always make sure his crew were well-fed and they’d always get the same perks he’s getting. I also appreciate when he checked up on me when I left a gig and was sick. What a gift to have met you sir @mario_dumaual and see you work. Thank you for everything. My sincerest sympathies to his friends and family.”

Journalist MJ Marfori wrote: “A difficult send-off to a mentor, showbiz family and friend. We will miss you dearly tito @mario_dumaual 🤍 We’ll keep your zeal for stories alive. We promise you that.”

Entertainment columnist Jobert Sucaldito wrote: “May your soul rest in peace my dear friend Mario Dumaual. I will forever cherish your kindness to many of us. God bless you. Labyu friend.”


One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died. We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.

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