Veteran actor-singer Carlos Salazar dies at 90

Veteran actor Carlos Salazar rose to fame in the 1950s. 

MANILA — Veteran actor Carlos Salazar, best known for his suave leading man roles in the 1950s and 60s, passed away early Thursday due to complications of old age in Quezon City. He was 90.

“He died peacefully in his sleep, 2:14 a.m. at our residence at Phil-am Homes Quezon City,” Salazar’s son Anton Ram Fernandez Roldan told ABS-CBN News. He also disclosed that his father had recovered from COVID-19 last year. 

“But the pandemic wore him down. He was depressed because he can no longer socialize as he used to. Also, several of his dear friends have passed on. Homebound, humina na rin siya,” Roldan said.

The loss of his beloved wife Carmen Fernandez in 2014 also devastated Salazar, his son said. “My mother had leukemia and died of aneurysm. Since then he would plaintively call mama and leave food on his plate at mealtime,” Roldan narrated. “Until he passed on, mama ko pa rin tinatawag niya.” 

In one of his last interviews with ABS-CBN, Salazar broke down describing his love for Fernandez whom he called an angel. The union bore seven children.

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