Kapamilya actor AJ Perez, 18, was pronounced dead in a hospital at around 12: 20 a.m. Sunday morning, after sustaining "multiple head injuries" in a vehicular accident, according to "The Buzz" head writer Darla Sauler.
According to showbiz reporter Ogie Diaz' posts on Twitter, the vehicle which boarded AJ Perez was heading back to Manila from Dagupan when it had a collision with a bus along Tarlac Highway. The actor was reportedly asleep inside the vehicle (a van) and was brought to a hospital dead after the accident.
"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," Diaz tweeted.
"Sa bus po bumangga ang van sakay si AJ Perez kung saan yung left brain nya ang matinding napuruhan. Just talked to AJ's mom. RIP, anak..." Diaz added.
Latest reports say the teenage heartthrob was with his father, 2 road managers, a driver and an event marshal when the accident happened. They were all safe except for AJ Perez.
Antonello Joseph Sarte Perez aka AJ Perez was born on February 17, 1993. He was a member of Star Magic Batch 13. He was last seen playing a lead role on an ABS-CBN teleserye "Sabel" and was to appear in a movie with the "Mara Clara" stars, Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes. He also recently did an episode of "Maaala Mo Kaya" which will be aired on April 30.
Noypi's notes: RIP AJ Perez :( I should change my page header. This is not fun at all.. :(
Meanwhile, check out the tweets of celebs regarding the tragic incident:
"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."
"Sa bus po bumangga ang van sakay si AJ Perez kung saan yung left brain nya ang matinding napuruhan. Just talked to AJ's mom. RIP, anak..."
"Nasa isang clinic sa Paniqui, Tarlac ang mga labi ni AJ Perez. Kausap ko si Daddy kanina, iyak nang iyak. Ndi ako makakatulog nito."
"Iyak nang iyak si Daddy Gerry Perez. "Sana, panaginip lang to, Ogie. Si Aj ang buhay namin ng mami nya, bakit sya pa? Sana, ako na lang."
"Aj's mom told me, "Napanood ko pa kagabi yung teaser ng MMK ni Aj, ndi ko alam kumba't ako bigla na lang naiyak, kaya tinawagan ko si Dadi."
"Aj. You were like a brother to me. You'll always be in my heart. May you rest in peace."
"I'm going to miss you so much. My loveteam, my friend, my brother. All I know is you're in a better place now and I won't question that."
"AJ Perez 1 of d most unassuming nice relatively new guys in showbiz has passed away after a car accident. Please pray 4 those he left behind"
Alessandra de Rossi
"I'll take character over reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. RIP ✝"
"Condolences to the family of AJ Perez. My prayers are with you..."
"RIP AJ Perez You will be missed, brother..."
"RIP Aj Perez...."
"Rest in peace AJ :("
"RIP Aj Perez! God bless your soul! You'll always be remembered!"
"RIP to young actor Aj Perez. I met him about a month ago at the Garage magazine party and he was very nice. This piece of news is so sad :("
"REST IN PEACE AJ PEREZ :-("
"Just spoke to AJ's dad on the phone.They are in Tarlac waiting for his son's body. Our prayers for the family of AJ. Wake will be@ Arlington"