'Horror Queen' Lilia Cuntapay dies at 81

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Photo from Lilia Cuntapay Facebook page

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Lilia Cuntapay, dubbed the "Queen of Philippine Horror Movies," died on Saturday at the age of 81.

The relatives of Cuntapay said she suffered from a spinal cord illness.

Earlier this month, Cuntapay appealed for help from the public and those she worked with in the entertainment industry.

"Wala na ako sa showbiz dahil may sakit ako... Kung mahal niyo pa ako, any help will be appreciated," she said.

[Translation: I am not in showbiz anymore because I am sick... If you still love me, any help will be appreciated.]

In the video, she ended her plea with, "'Til then, see you. I miss you so much. I love you all."

The Task Force Lingkod Cagayan (TFLC) brought her from  Gonzaga, Cagayan  to her son's home in Pinili, Ilocos Norte.

She has made her mark in the industry for her roles in horror films, such as the Shake, Rattle, and Roll series.

Cuntapay, often a bit player in films, starred in her first lead role in 2011 "mockumentary" independent movie, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay. She was awarded the Best Actress award in the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival that year.