R.I.P. Rico J. Puno

It's a sad day for the whole OPM industry. Concert producer Anna Puno has confirmed via Instagram the death of her brother-in-law, the OPM icon and 'Macho Gwapito' singer Rico J. Puno.

annapuno: "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"

Dubbed as The Total Entertainer, Rico J. Puno died after suffering from cardiac arrest early morning today, October 30. He was 65 years old.

Before his death, he was an occasional judge on Tawag ng Tanghalan sa Showtime.

OPM artists like Lea Salonga, Zsa Zsa Padill, Gary Valenciano and other celebs took to social media to mourn the death of an OPM icon who gave us timeless hits like 'May Bukas Pa', 'Lupa', 'Magkasuyo Buong Gabi', 'Kapalaran' and as I already mentioned above, 'Macho Gwapito'.

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