Naglabas na ng official statement ang pamilyang Eigenmann kaugnay ng pagyao ng aktor na si Mark Gil ngayong araw, September 1.
Read: Mark Gil dies at 52
Dito ay kinumpirma nila ang mapayapang pagkamatay ni Mark kaninang alas-otso ng umaga, sa piling ng kanyang asawang si Maricar at iba pang miyembro ng pamilya.
Sa unang pagkakataon din ay isiniwalat ng pamilya Eigenmann na na-diagnose na may liver cancer si Mark noong 2012, ngunit nito lamang daw June 2014 nalaman na malubha na ang karamdamang ito ng aktor.
Ngunit dahil na rin daw sa kahilingan mismo ni Mark—na kilala rin sa palayaw niyang Ralph—kaya inilihim nila ang tunay na estado ng kalusugan ng aktor.
Narito ang kabuuang pahayag mula sa pamilya Eigenmann:
"We, the Eigenmann Family, would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everybody who has shown their concern for Ralph these past few weeks.
"It is with much sorrow that we announce that he passed away this morning at exactly 8am. He died peacefully in his sleep in the arms of his wife, Maricar, and surrounded by family.
"Ralph was first diagnosed with liver cancer two years ago, but it was only in June of this year that he found out that it was terminal. It was Ralph’s request that this should not be revealed, and we did not question his decision.
"To those who have asked us about his condition, especially his colleagues, the press and fans, we apologize for not being forthright, but we also ask for understanding.
"We would, however, like everyone to know that he spent his last days in comfort and in no pain. In fact, he was in good spirits and humor, and enjoying the presence of his entire family. Even then, he was still bringing us together, as he always has, and we are now all complete.
"Until the very end, he was a warrior. Ralph faced death with courage and grace, while still bringing laughter to the room. That was his gift: the ability to make those around him better.
"Ralph had told us that he only wanted to spend and cherish the remaining precious days of his life in the company of his family and closest friends. He also wished that we be allowed to grieve his passing in private.
"We all request that the public please respect his wish and allow us to mourn his passing accordingly.
"Please allow us this time as well to remember Ralph: husband, son, brother, father and grandfather.
"For the outpouring of love for Ralph that we’ve received on his behalf, we thank you. It is deeply appreciated.
"For those who’ve known and loved him throughout his career in cinema, and television, we will hold a celebration of his life and work. We will announce the details at a later time. But for now we would like to assure everyone that as long as Filipino films are being watched and appreciated, there will always be Mark Gil.
"To quote a line from Batch ’81, one of the many movies he made his own, and characteristic of Ralph himself:
"’Sa simula’t katapusan ay kapatiran.’"
UPDATE. Ipinaalam na ng pamilya Eigenmann na magkakaroon ng service para kay Mark sa Miyerkules, September 3, simula 10 A.M. sa La Salle Greenhills Chapel.
Kaninang hapon, ilang oras pagkatapos pumanaw ni Mark, ay ginanap ang cremation sa mga labi ng aktor.