'The Voice PH' contestant Kokoi Baldo passes away at 44

MANILA, Philippines – The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 contestant Juan Manuel Ubaldo — popularly known as Kokoi Baldo — died in a tragic road accident earlier this morning, December 8. He was 44.

'The Voice PH' contestant Kokoi Baldo passes away at 44
Reggae singer and former 'The Voice' contestant Kokoi Baldo has passed away. Photo courtesy: ABS-CBN/The Voice Philippines

The sad news was confirmed by his wife and manager Sam in a Facebook post.

"It is with a heavy heart to inform the public, especially the fans, that Kokoi Baldo has passed away earlier this morning," Sam wrote.

“We kindly ask for privacy during this hard time in respect to his family and friends. He will be missed, loved and forever in our hearts,” the statement went on.

It is with a heavy heart to inform the public, especially the fans, that Kokoi Baldo has passed away earlier this...

Posted by Kokoi Baldo Official on Thursday, December 7, 2023

In a report by ABS-CBN News, the reggae singer died after a truck collided with his motorcycle along the Circumferential Road in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

Kokoi tried to overtake a car in front of him around 1:30 a.m. when he lost control and was run over by a 10-wheeler truck carrying sugarcane.

The truck driver is currently detained in Police Station 3 according to reports.

In a separate post, Baldo’s wife asked everyone to take down posts showing the scene of her husband’s accident "as it is already causing distress to our entire family."

Kokoi was dubbed as the Bob Marley of the Philippines for his style of singing.

He rose to popularity after competing in The Voice Philippines season 2 under Sarah Geronimo's team in 2014.


During the Blind Auditions, he sang Matisyahu hit "One Day" which made the four coaches to turn.


He got eliminated in one of the live shows. The season was eventually won by his teammate Jason Dy.

— The Summit Express


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