Rico J. Puno, an OPM legend known worldwide, crossed over heaven this early Tuesday due to cardiac arrest, confirmed by Tosca Camille Puno-Ramos, Rico’s daughter.
The veteran OPM singer underwent an open heart surgery last 2015 and an angioplasty last December 2017, daunting a new pacemaker.
Before passing on, Rico showed enthusiasm and excitement over his performance in the concert “Sana Tatlo Ang Puso Ko” with comediennes Marissa Sanchez and Giselle Sanchez.
Rico Puno’s sister-in-law, Anna Puno, expressed shock in the passing on of the singer.
“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 be cherished in our hearts.” she said in her Instagram post, paying tribute to Rico Puno.
Much other celebrity and non-celebrity colleagues express and give condolences through social media site Twitter.
“R i P, Rico J. Puno. Your distinctive voice that lent itself to so much of the music of my childhood will not be forgotten.
To Tito Rico’s family, my deepest condolences.” said Lea Salonga in a Twitter post.
“Condolence to my friend, Rox @roxpuno His dad/OPM icon, Rico J.Puno,” said Dolly Anne Carvajal.
“#ricojpuno we will miss you! Now that you are in heaven, behave! We love you!” said Martin Nievera.
“Very very Sad news I’m still in shock,,, R I P Rico J.Puno” said Jessa Zaragoza.
“R i P to one of OPM’s legends, the one & only Rico J. Puno, ” said Jenine Desiderio.
“R i P Rico J. Puno, definitely a Filipino music legend. Your distinctive voice and music I grew up with will never be forgotten. Your humor and fun persona will be missed.” said JV Ejercito.