Oh My G! teenage actress Julia Louise Buencamino, better known as Sophie’s (Janella Salvador) ‘Bestie’ in the show, committed suicide on Tuesday, July 7.
The 15 year-old daughter of veteran actors Nonie and Shamaine Buencamino was found hanging from the ceiling of the family’s residence in Quezon City at around 8 pm by their household help and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan.
Julia’s family has released this statement through Ricky Gallardo, talent manager of the actor-parents: “We would like to make a firm request to allow us to mourn her passing in private. We make this appeal for privacy also on behalf of those close to us, who wish to remember Julia and celebrate her life in peace and quiet.”
The statement added: “We thank you for your love, understanding, and prayers of support during this time of profound grief. Julia led a beautiful and blessed life, and she will be fondly remembered and terribly missed by her family and friends.”
Julia’s remains will be at the Mt. Carmel Church, in New Manila, Quezon City commencing tonight. She is survived by older siblings Delphine, Gorio and Jose.
A source close to the family revealed that Nonie was on the set of the film “Larawan” in Taal, Batangas, when the tragedy happened. Meanwhile, Shamaine was rehearsing for her new stage play, the local adaptation of “33 Variations.”
Nonie Buencamino requested authorities not to pursue the investigation as he is convinced that his daughter committed suicide.