(UPDATE 4) Young actor Tyron Perez, who rose to fame in the GMA-7 reality-based talent show "Star Struck" and has since transferred to ABS-CBN as a Star Magic talent was found dead Thursday night, December 29, in Valenzuela City. He was 26.
Star Magic, which co-manages Tyron with director Jerry Lopez-Sineneng, said in a statement: "Our deepest condolences to the family of Tyron. Let's pray for the eternal repose of his soul."
Circumstances surrounding his death are still being investigated as of posting time.
Valenzuela City Police told Yahoo! Philippines OMG! that Tyron's lifeless body was found at the passenger backseat of his black Toyota Altis parked at the South Service Road of the North Luzon Expressway in Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela City. SPO2 Richard Bautista of the Valenzuela City Police investigations unit said that initial SOCO findings reveal a fatal gunshot wound on Tyron's right temple, with a .22-calibre firearm beside the body. Police investigation, which includes determining if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted, is still ongoing.
Tyron was last seen at the Star Magic Ball earlier this year. According to Star Magic, they haven't been in communication with Tyron since the event.
His last television appearance was in the remake of "Mula Sa Puso" this year. He also starred in another ABS-CBN drama, "Momay" in 2010.
Tyron is survived by his wife Liv Espino, a flight attendant he married in 2009. With Karen Valeza
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