Actress Ara Mina’s grandfather, former Quezon City Mayor Ismael “Mel” Mathay Jr., who served from 1992-2001 died on Christmas Day after suffering a heart attack.
According to his brother, Simplicio Mathay, he was rushed to the Medical City but unfortunately, he was declared dead on arrival at around 9 a.m., ABS-CBN News reported.
Mina was saddened and was in deep shock upon knowing the passing of her grandfather who was so dear to her.
“I’m just in deep shock right now, can’t find the right words to express how I really feel sa nangyari. Last night, I was just having so much fun with my Reyes family, and then this morning I received this bad news,” Mina said after the news broke.
The actress also added that Christmas is supposed to be celebrated with loved ones and she couldn’t believe that the sad memory of her grandfather’s death will be remembered every year.
She also posted an image of herself and her grandfather on Instagram with the caption: “Today heaven has gained another angel. I will treasure the memories I have of you. You were one in a million, a great leader and most importantly the greatest loving, and caring grandfather to all of us. Thank you for all the love. We love you lolo! We will truly miss you.”
The wake for Mathay will be held at the Christ the King Parish in Greenmeadows Avenue, Quezon City. He died at the age of 81.