The Philippine film and television industry mourns the passing of Susan Roces. Her death was confirmed by her daughter Senator Grace Poe and by her nephew Lawrence Cruz Sonora in a social media post. She was 80.
The film icon was the widow of Ronald Allan Kelley Poe, better known as Fernando Poe, Jr., who died in 2004.
In a statement sent to the media, Senator Poe said that her adoptive mother died peacefully on Friday evening, May. 20. The screen actress was surrounded by the senator and her nephews Joseph and Jeffrey and many of her family and close friends.
“She lived life fully and gracefully. Remember her in her beauty, warmth, and kindness. She is now with the Lord and her beloved Ronnie — FPJ. We will miss her sorely but we celebrate a life well-lived. Susan Roces — daughter, mother, grandmother, a true Filipina, and a national treasure,” the statement said.
In a Facebook post, Lawrence Cruz Sonora shared a photo of himself and the veteran actress with the caption “RIP Mama Inday.” Sonora is the son of actress Rosemarie Sonora, younger sister of Roces.