Hashtags member Franco Hernandez dies in drowning accident

    MANILA, Philippines - Franco Hernandez, “It’s Showtime” boy group Hashtags member, tragically died in a drowning accident while aboard a motorized banca in Davao Occidental on Saturday, November 11. His death was confirmed by his talent agency, Cornerstone Entertainment to MJ Felipe of ABS-CBN.

    Hashtags member Franco Hernandez dies in drowning accident

    "It is with deep sadness and grief that we accept the news of Franco Miguel Hernandez Lumunlan aka "Hashtag Franco’s” passing today. 
He was a very promising talent and a true star in every sense of the word. He was passionate, hardworking, humble and liked by all. He lived his life following his dreams and made every second count," Cornerstone Entertainment posted on Instagram.

    "Franco was not just our talent... He was part of our family. And our hearts break into a million pieces for such a young life gone too soon. 
We will surely miss him. 
Rest In Peace our ever dearest Franco," the talent agency added.

    Hashtags Franco was on his way back to coast of North Lamidan, Don Marcelino town along with his girlfriend and another member of the Hashtags, Dom Doromal, aboard a motorized banca.

    Reports said a huge wave hit their banca which caused Franco and his girlfriend to fall off.

    Were these premonitions of Hashtag Franco’s untimely death?

    Franco was already unconscious when his body was recovered by their banca operator and crew. He was sent to the nearby clinic, Estacion Medical Clinic, in the neighboring town of Malita. Sadly, he was pronounced dead on arrival by attending physician Dr. Nimayre Macabaya.

    Celebs mourn death of Franco

    The young star's close friends and the local entertainment industry took to social media to express their sympathy and sadness over the sad news.

    In June this year, Franco celebrated his 21st birthday on It’s Showtime.

    — Sally, The Summit Express
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