Friends And Fans Mourn The Death Of RAZORBACK Drummer BRIAN VELASCO
Ai dela Cruz
"Pakialagaan niyo na lang si Pochito. Okay? Here we go. Here I go."
Those were the last words of Razorback drummer Brian Velasco on his Facebook Live video where he was seen jumping off a condominium building in Malate, Manila at approximately 9:45 in the morning of January 16, Manila Bulletin reports.
According to the legendary Pinoy rock band's music promoter Dudee Alfonso (via Inquirer), Brian also "took time to say goodbye to his friends in a group chat page."
The sad and shocking news of his apparent suicide has since spawned tributes and different reactions online—with his name trending on Twitter both nationwide and worldwide—and also sparked conversations about mental health and depression.
Brian...— Ebe Dancel (@ebedancel) January 16, 2019
RIP sir Brian Velasco of Razorback. The music scene will really miss you. pic.twitter.com/rZmHI1CU6B— Johnny Cupcakes ☁ (@JohnnyGabcakes) January 16, 2019
Been listening to Razorback again, now with diff feels omg pic.twitter.com/StLAf5RAqj— Johnny Cupcakes ☁ (@JohnnyGabcakes) January 16, 2019
I do not know what happened and l am still in shock but RIP Brian C. Velasco. We were never able to have that happy hour bottle in Boracay again just like the good ole Cable Car days. Prayers for you, your bandmates and your family. 🙏🙏🙏🙏— eva marie poon (@pandevakla) January 16, 2019
We grew up listening to legends like Brian Velasco. May he finally rest in peace. :(— We Are Imaginary (@WAImaginary) January 16, 2019
Nabawasan na isa sa mga crushes ko sa music industry. 😥 Isa sa pinaka magagaling na drummers ng bansa. Sana walang gumaya sa ginawa niyang pagsusuicide. Nakakalungkot talaga. 😔 Uy ikaw...may solusyon sa lahat ng problema. Kapit lang. Wag mong gagayahin si Sir. 😟 R.I.P. Sir Brian Velasco (Drummer, RZRBCK) ctto #brianvelasco #razorback #hardrockband
Not a fan of Razorback but the live video is depressing. To anyone who suffers from any PAIN -- know that there's always someone who you can talk to -- RANT anytime if you have to -- do things that make you happy & alive. have FAITH. Love LIFE. #RIPBrianVelasco pic.twitter.com/DTQqHFCpCH— ja 제니스⭐ (@janicehmb) January 16, 2019
Depression and Suicide ain't no joke.— Josef Carlyle Nery (@Neryologist) January 16, 2019
If you're going through something, talk to someone...
You are not alone in your Struggles. Always remember that you are loved.
Hopeline (02) 804-4673; 0917-5584673; and 2919 for Globe and TM
R.I.P Sir Brian Velasco of Razorback pic.twitter.com/6sSDEG2m1b
social media really amplifies the irony of modern life: so many "friends", and yet we feel so much more alone.— Jim Ponce (@jimponce) January 16, 2019
rest in peace Brian Velasco. so sorry you felt that way.
A group in the Philippines is dedicated to addressing those who have suicidal tendencies.
The crisis hotlines of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation aim to make them feel that someone is ready to listen to them.
These are their hotline numbers:
Information and Crisis Intervention Center
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917-558-HOPE (4673) or (632) 211-4550
0917-852-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-6876
0917-842-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-4084
In Touch Crisis Lines:
0917-572-HOPE or (632) 211-1305
(02) 893-7606 (24/7)
(02) 893-7603 (Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm)
Globe (63917) 800.1123 or (632) 506.7314
Sun (63922) 893.8944 or (632) 346.8776
Let's all reach out to a friend today. We might just end up saving a life.