Singer Rico J. Puno passes away at 65

MANILA, Philippines – Singer legend Rico J. Puno has passed away at the age of 65 years old.

As announced by his sister-in-law Anna Puno on Instagram, it was with deep regret that they shared Puno’s passing. Puno 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... We will forever miss the TOTAL ENTERTAINER, but his songs will forever be cherished in our hearts.”

Singer Rico J. Puno passes away at 65
Rico J. Puno passed away at the age of 65 due to cardiac arrest | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Rico J Puno

According to Puno’s daughter, Tosca Camille Puno-Ramos, the singer died to a cardiac arrest. Back in 2015, Puno underwent an open heart surgery. He last December 2017, he also underwent angioplasty and just recently got a new pacemaker.

Puno made his name during the 70’s with iconic OPM songs like "Macho Gwapito," "May Bukas Pa," and "Magkasuyo Buong Gabi."

Several big names in the industry expressed their condolences to Puno’s death. Fellow singer Lea Salonga said, “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.”

Zsa Zsa Padila also expressed their regret, “Shocked to hear about your sudden passing. We will always remember your beautiful songs and your unique way of interpreting them.”

Gary Valenciano also shared an old video of him sharing a song with Puno. He called the Puno, “The Kapitan” and that he will be greatly missed.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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