RICO J. PUNO Passes Away At 65
Veteran singer Rico J. Puno has passed away at 65. The sad news was confirmed by his sister-in-law Anna Puno on Instagram. She wrote “I am seized with deep emotional shock when I found out that our OPM King - Kuya Rico J. Puno has passed away this morning”.
I am seized with deep emotional shock when I found out that our OPM King - Kuya Rico J. Puno has passed away this morning (manila time). Numbed with grief, I would like to call on all entertainers in the OPM Industry as well as his worldwide fans to stop for a moment and say a prayer to one of the most respected singers in the country. I cannot help but say it was serendipitous that Starmedia prepared a solo 40th Anniversary concert for him and a US tour with the OPM stalwarts and colleagues just recently. Little did I know that this is his Final Bow in the live entertainment world. We will forever miss the TOTAL ENTERTAINER...but his songs will forever cherish in our hearts.
The singer hailed as the "Total Entertainer" underwent a triple bypass operation back in 2015, He continued performing despite his heart condition and was set to do a concert called "Sana Tatlo Ang Puso Ko" with comediennes Marissa Sanchez and Giselle Sanchez this November.
His colleagues in the entertainment industry like Zsa Zsa Padilla, Lea Zalonga, and Martin Nievera were saddened by the news of his death.
I grew up with your songs dear koriks. You will forever be my icon. Rest in peace Rico J! #namamasyalpasaluneta— kim atienza (@kuyakim_atienza) October 29, 2018
Rest In Peace, Rico J. Puno. Your distinctive voice that lent itself to so much of the music of my childhood will not be forgotten.— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) October 29, 2018
To Tito Rico’s family, my deepest condolences.
R.I.P Rico J Puno.— BAILEY MAY (@BaileyMayNU) October 29, 2018
A kind and humble man. You will always be rememberd for the great music you blessed us with. If it wasn’t for your song “May Bukas Pa” I would not be where I am today.
Love and Prayers to family and friends 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/KJBbCm11qp
R.I.P. Rico Puno. 🙏Shocked to hear about your sudden passing. We will always remember your beautiful songs and your unique way of interpreting them.— zsa zsa padilla (@zsazsapadilla) October 29, 2018
Rico J. Puno’s music career blossomed in the 1970s with hits like "Buhat", "Lupa", "May Bukas Pa", "Magkasuyo Buong Gabi", "Cartada Diyes", "Together Forever" and "Macho Guwapito".