JM Canlas, younger brother of actor Elijah Canlas and who starred in the films “Kiko Boksingero” and “ANi”, passed away on Thursday, August 3. He was 17 years old.
JM’s passing was announced by his brother Jerom through the latter’s Facebook page.
“It is with the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow that our family announces the death of our bunso, Jamile Matthew Madiclum Canlas, this morning. He was 17 years old,” Jerom said in his post on Thursday.
“Hmm, as many knew him, was a talented actor, athlete, musician, singer, debater, and gamer. He was always a proud Filipino with prejudice and compassion for the poor and downtrodden,” he wrote. “But most of all, JM will always be remembered as an amazing young man, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, student, and friend.”
While the cause of death was not immediately released, Jerom did reveal that JM struggled with his mental health.
“Let’s celebrate his short but wonderful life, as he wanted us to,” Jerom said.
“In his teens, JM struggled with his mental health,” he said. “If he is experiencing current distress and needs URGENT CARE, please go to the nearest hospital emergency room.”
Visitation for JM will be held August 4-6 at St. Peter Chapel, Quezon Avenue.
Besides “Kiko Boksingero” and “ANi”, JM also starred in the 2018 short film “The Flaming History of the Dela Cruz Family” with his brother Elijah. JM was also part of the one-act play “Mga Bata sa Selda 43” and was one of the hosts of the ABS-CBN children’s television program “Team Yey!” /ra
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