Rico J. Puno dies at 65 as confirmed by the singer’s family earlier today. Puno’s sister-in-law, Anna Puno, shared the news via her Instagram account.
In radio interview with his manager Norma Japitana, it was reported that the singer had a cardiac failure early morning on October 30 while at St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City.
Rico J. Puno has been battling with health issues in the recent years.
He had Rico J. Puno a triple heart bypass in 2015, and in December 2017 he underwent angioplasty and got a heart a pacemaker. Early this month, he wsa hospitalized for for diabetes complications.
The OPM Icon was supposed to have a concert titled”Sana Tatlo Ang Puso Ko” , which will be held The Theatre in Solaire. on November 23. Comediennes Marissa Sanchez and Giselle Sanchez was supposed to join him in the said event. Anna Puno also said that there were preparations made for his 40th Anniversary concert and a US tour .
His hit songs include Kapalaran , Buhat , Macho Gwapito ( Lupa , Damdamin , May Bukas Pa , and Magkasuyo Buong Gabi (duet with Elsa Chan).
Rico has two children- daughter Tosca Camille and son Rio and was married to Doris Tayag.
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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.