Liezl Martinez dead: Albert Martinez' wife dies of cancer

Actress Liezl Martinez is dead. The wife of Albert Martinez died on Saturday morning, March 14, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. She was 47.

Cheng Muhlach, her uncle, had told media that she passed away at 6:15 a.m. today. He said the actress was confined in the hospital since Monday, March 9.

"All the family is here. Ibuburol siya sa Arlington," he said, according to ABS-CBN News.

Albert's manager, Shirley Kwan, meanwhile said in a statement that Liezl died "peacefully" in her sleep.

"Liezl is surrounded by her beloved husband, Albert; precious children, Alyanna, Alfonso, and Alyssa; loving mother, Amalia; father Bobby; and her relatives at this time of love and grief," she reportedly said.

Liezl was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2007.

In an interview with Showbiz News Ngayon back then, the actress said she was constantly asking God to give her more time to live so that she can still take care of her husband and their children.

At the time, she jokingly told Albert that he can't get married again after she dies. "Mumultuhin kita,” she said.

Liezl Martinez died 13 days before her 48th birthday. She was supposed to celebrate her natal day on March 27.