Kim Chiu’s mother dies; actress shuns interviews

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KIM CHIU file photo

MANILA, Philippines—ABS-CBN prized talent Kim Chiu, 23, arrived in her hometown Cebu City on Monday to mourn the death of her mother, said a report from Cebu Daily News Tuesday.

Louella Yap Chiu, 50, succumbed to aneurysm, said the report by CDN correspondents Carine M. Asutilla and Michelle Joy L. Padayhag.

She reportedly suffered a heart attack before falling into a coma. On Sunday she was pronounced dead due to aneurysm, said the report.

Her remains were placed at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Nivel Hills, Cebu City, the report added.

The actress, whose real name is Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu, has been avoiding media interviews, asking for privacy.  Media outlets were kept outside the chapel.

Kim had revealed in past interviews that she has been estranged from her mother since separating from her father William Chiu, when she was just nine years old. She grew up with her paternal grandmother and siblings.

Last April 29, Kim reconciled with her father, whom she hasn’t talked to in five years. The star of the recently concluded TV series “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” visited her father in his home in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, where he and his new family currently reside.

The report said Louella Yap Chiu will be laid to rest on Saturday, June 29, at CemPark in Banilad, Cebu City. With a report from Allan Policarpio, Philippine Daily Inquirer

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  • Mux

    Of course. In times like this the media should be more considerate.

  • Noel

    There are reports that Kim Chiu is maldita off screen. I presume her parents are both Chinese. Respect for parents is very important for Filipino and Chinese culture. Kim reconciled with her dad only five years ago while still not in good terms with mom before she died. What family problems they have is not our business but being the daughter who became successful and blessed with material things, she must be the one to initiate reconciliation. How does she feel now that her mother died upset at her?

    • wawa2172

      Madaling sabihin but mahirap gawin. Kim Chiu was estranged from her parents since childhood. She took the first step in reconciling with her father and perhaps her mom would be next. Maaring sumama ang loob nang mother ni Kim na nauna ang reconciliation sa father niya at di sa kanya. Nonetheless, the familty problem is not our concern and let us leave it private. Kim was an abandoned child and grew up with her grandparents. Sa mga ngiti and saya ni Kim Chiu ay ang nakatagong lungkot sa pinag daanan niya. I could relate to it, my wife, a university professor is a product of a broken family at ang butihing kapitbahay niya ang nag aruga sa kanya since she was three years old. She too is a Fil-Chinese and so I am kaya lang matibay ang relationship nang mga parents ko who are both academician. My wife have never reconciled with her parents and she has no plan. Ang kinilala niyang tunay na ama at ina niya ay ang nag pakahirap at nag aruga sa kaniya na di niya kadugo.

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