Tyron Perez

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Tyron Perez
Born Jojo Malonzo Perez
(1985-09-14)September 14, 1985
Concepcion, Tarlac, Philippines
Died December 29, 2011(2011-12-29) (aged 26)
Valenzuela, Metro Manila, Philippines
Cause of death Suicide
Resting place Paco Park, Paco, Manila
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2001–2011

Jojo Malonzo Perez (September 14, 1985 – December 29, 2011), better known as Tyron Perez, was a Filipino model, actor and television host and an alumnus of the reality-based talent search StarStruck.

Early life[edit]

Perez was born in Brgy. Alfonso, Concepcion, Tarlac, Philippines. He grew up a farmer's son in his hometown, with the rice fields as his playground. He was the youngest among six children.

"He and his father would rise with the sun", said Tyron who quit his Fine Arts studies (freshman at the Bulacan State University) when he joined the GMA star-search StarStruck (first batch, with Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado). "There, on top of the carabao, he dreams to be in showbiz. He imagined himself acting with Kris Aquino, his crush and idol. Until he was in high school (at the Benigno Aquino National High School), he and his dad would milk their carabaos early mornings and sell the milk. Sometimes, they would sleep in the middle of the rice fields when we had to water the seedlings (nagpapatubig ng palay)." Before joining StarStruck, Perez first became a member of a late-night variety show of Kuya Germs' Master Showman Presents Walang Tulugan. As part of the said late-night show, he was a member of a teen group performing weekly called MSP Teenstars.

Starstruck Batch 1[edit]

Perez joined StarStruck in 2003 but was eliminated in week 6 of the competition.

Personal life[edit]

After his manager's death (Douglas Quijano), Perez admitted that his career dwindled and he did not have work for 6 months. On June 2010, Jerry Sineneng led his entry into ABS-CBN and after talks with Malou Santos and Johnny Manahan, Perez had formally signed with the network's talent management arm, Star Magic. This officially made him a Kapamilya.[1][2] He considered his role Being Gary as one of the biggest he had handled so far, and Momay as his biggest break in television.[citation needed] He also played a role in Bakekang on GMA Network. He married his long-time girlfriend.


Perez was found dead inside a car in Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela City on the night of December 29, 2011. Although initial reports identified suicide as the cause of death,[3] Police Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor told ABS-CBN News (Perez’s new home network) that "investigations are still ongoing."[4] It was later confirmed that suicide was the cause of Perez's death.[5][6][7][8]


Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Baunan Dino ABS-CBN Last TV appearance
2011 Mula Sa Puso[9] Gilbert
2010 Imortal Guest actor
2011 Your Song Presents: Andi Francis Guest actor
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Marriage Contract Guest actor
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Larawan Christian
2010 Elena M. Patron's Momay Gary Alonzo First project with ABS-CBN
2008 Midnight DJ: Bloody Christmas Tree Mark TV5 Only project with TV5
2007 Lupin Agent X-J GMA Network Last project with GMA
2007 Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap Anastacio
2006 Carlo J. Caparas' Bakekang Paolo
2005 Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako Dominic
2005 Baywalk Himself
2003 StarStruck Himself/contestant Finished at 8th place
2001–2002 Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman Member, MSP Teenstars He was a member of Teen Dance Group. First TV appearance.


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Pipo Felix Pipo Last movie appearance
2006 Twilight Dancers Dwight Lead actor
2003 Malikmata Edward First movie appearance

Note: All his movies are independent films.


  1. ^ Former Kapuso Tyrone Perez feels at home in ABS-CBN retrieved via www.pep.ph 06-03-2010
  2. ^ Tyron Perez is happy to be a Kapamilya retrieved via www.abs-cbn.com 06-15-2010
  3. ^ Actor Tyron Perez commits suicide – unconfirmed reports retrieved via Notes from the Philippines (www.rightonthemark.wordpress.com) 12-30-2011.
  4. ^ Actor Tyron Perez found dead in Valenzuela from ABS-CBNNews.com 12-30-2011
  5. ^ PEP.ph. "Tyron Perez finally laid to rest; wife Liv Espino skips funeral | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  6. ^ Mubarak, Horny. "Actor Tyron Perez killed self: police | ABS-CBN News". Beta.abs-cbnnews.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  7. ^ "Cops see suicide in actor Tyron Perez’s death | Inquirer Entertainment". Entertainment.inquirer.net. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  8. ^ "Gun found inside car used to kill actor Tyron Perez | Inquirer News". Newsinfo.inquirer.net. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  9. ^ PEP.ph. "JM De Guzman, Lauren Young, and Enrique Gil will lead new cast of Mula sa Puso | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2012-07-04.