“Sana panaginip lang ‘to…” was actress Kim Chui’s last post on her official Twitter account (@prinsesachinita) at 10 p.m. on June 23 as her network ABS-CBN confirmed early next morning that her mother, Louella Yap Chiu, 50, had died at a Cebu City hospital.
The official cause of death has not been released as of press time, although entertainment portal PEP.com reported that a source close to the family said that Louella died of an aneurysm.
Kim continues to be in the Visayan capital, her the Chuis’ hometown, and through Star Magic, ABS-CBN’s talent management arm has expressed her thanks “to all who showed their love and support to their family.”
The network also released the following statement, “Star Magic sympathizes with Kim Chiu on the passing of her mother, Louella Y. Chiu. We request that we give Kim and her family the respect and time to grieve for their loss. Thank you.”
Until now, Ina, Kapatid, Anak remains unavailable for interviews.
It will be remembered that it was in 2006 when Kim rose to stardom after winning ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition. Back then, Kim had revealed in the reality show that she neither grew up with her farther and mother.
While an Instagram photo with her estranged father William Chiu Jr. early this year made known that she had made up with him, Kim’s relationship with her mother has hardly been talked about.