Former action star Ace Vergel died of a heart attack before dawn Saturday, December 15 at the Chinese General Hospital.
Ace, who earned the reputation as "Bad Boy of Philippine Movies," was 55.
The actor's last "brush" with the law took place last August, when police served a warrant for his arrest in Caloocan City for supposed rape cases lodged against him in 2000. But he was eventually released after police learned the warrant had been lifted.
It was reported that Vergel was also linked to illegal drugs, but the charges against him were dismissed.
Ace, whose real name is Ace York Aguilar, was born on January 22, 1952. He was the son of actress Alicia Vergel and actor Cesar Ramirez, and the brother of Beverly Vergel.
He made his acting debut at age 7 when he portrayed the friend of a giant bird in the 1959 film Anak ng Bulkan starring Fernando Poe Jr. and Edna Luna. His last film was Masamang Ugat, also starring Eddie Garcia and Victor Neri, shown in 2003.
Ace's other memorable films were Annie Sabungera, Zimatar, Pieta, Bomba Arrienda, Anak ng Cabron, Galit Sa Mundo, Sagad Hanggang Buto, Abel Villarama, among others.
He won best actor at Gawad Urian in 1989 for his role in Anak ng Cabron.
Ace's remains will be cremated on Friday, December 21.
Additional report from GMA News