StarStruck 3 Ultimate Survivor Marky Cielo reportedly died earlier today, December 7. The cause of death is not yet clear.

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PEP (Philippine Entertainment portal) received a confirmed report earlier this afternoon, December 7, that young actor Marky Cielo died at dawn today. He was 20 years old.

Doctors are still investigating the cause of Marky's death, but an acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis is also being considered.

PEP editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon was able to interview Marky's father, Mr. Bobby Cielo, briefly. Mr. Cielo, who is now separated from Marky's mother, narrated to PEP that Marky's mother and sister Marcel Andrea knocked down Marky's door when no answer came from him. They found Marky lying on the floor.

They immediately rushed Marky to the Antipolo Doctors Hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival at around 10 a.m. today.

When asked how they are taking Marky's death, Mr. Cielo said, "Okay lang, mabigat."

Marky was a product of GMA-7's StarStruck Batch 3, where he won as the Ultimate Sole Survivor. He was the first Igorot from Baguio City to join the popular reality-based artista search. Among his batchmates were Iwa Moto, Jackie Rice, and Gian Carlo.

After winning in StarStruck, he appeared in several GMA-7 shows which included Encantadia, Fantastikids, Bakekang, Asian Treasures, Boys Nxt Door, Kaputol ng Isang Awit, and Codename: Asero. But he was best known as Zaido Green in Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan.

He was also a mainstay of the musical-variety show SOP and in the primetime series La Lola.

Marky, who is also known for his dancing prowess, grew up in Butuan City but his family moved to the north.

He was a first year Architecture student in St. Louis University in Baguio City when he joined StarStruck. His father revealed that Marky was planning to go back to school next year.

At press time, Marky's remains is still at the morgue of St. Peter Memorial Life Plan Chapel in Antipolo City. Then, it will be brought to their house in Mission Hills, also in Antipolo, where a wake will be held for two days. After this, Marky's family plans to bring the young actor's remains to Bontoc, Mountain Province, where he grew up.