Last Tuesday, October 30, 2018, was not a good day for the Philippine entertainment industry as they mourn the passing of one of the country’s veteran and iconic singers, Rico J. Puno.
At the age of 65, Original Pinoy Music (OPM) legend Rico J. Puno succumb to heart failure while confined at St. Luke’s Medical Centre in Taguig City.
The sad news was announced by Rico J’s daughter who was of course deeply saddened by her father’s final goodbye.
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Tons of celebrities were surprised by the sad news and expressed their condolences to Rico J’s family. Being a darling of the press, some entertainment writers were also saddened by his sudden bereavement and also expressed their condolences to the iconic singer.
Some of the press could not help but reminisce Rico J’s good old days, just like Bandera who re-shared their most recent interview with the veteran singer before he succumbs to heart failure.
During the press conference of Rico J’s supposed concert with comediennes Marissa Sanchez and Giselle Sanchez on November 17, 2018 at The Theatre at Solaire, Rico J was able to talk about his veteran actor John Lloyd Cruz who became his co-actor in the Romantic-Comedy series Home Sweetie Home where Rico J plays the father of John Lloyd’s character, Romeo.
When asked about his reaction on John Lloyd’s decision to live a simple and private life away from the limelight, Rico J revealed that he does not have any communication with John Lloyd at the moment.
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“Wala na siyang communication kahit kanino sa show namin. May texting group kasi kami. We tried texting him kung kumusta na ba siya? Kung kelan siya babalik sa show? Wala siyang response sa akin or kay Direk Bobot (Mortiz). Kahit sa ibang may kinalaman sa show, wala nang kinakausap si John Lloyd,” the late Rico J said.
But the veteran singer said that he understands John Lloyd’s decision to live a private life after living almost all his life in front of the camera.
“Naranasan ko na rin noon ang ganyan. Sometimes you need a break din. Saka may sariling pamilya na siya, may anak na sila ni Ellen Adarna. So siguro nga, masaya na siya sa ganoong buhay,” he added.
Rico J said that he has only one wish for the great actor, that he will not forget about his friends in the entertainment industry who cherished their relationship with him.
“Kaming mga naging kaibigan niya, lalo na ako kasi naging very close ako sa kanya, hindi niya sana kami binibitawan. Nandito naman kami para suportahan siya sa gusto niyang mangyari sa buhay niya,” Rico J said.
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“We’re not here to judge him for his actions kasi mga kaibigan niya kami. Kung ano ang nangyayari kay John Lloyd ngayon, we only wish him happiness,” he added.