The father of singer Regine Velasquez, Gerardo Velasquez, known as "Mang Gerry" to many, has passed away this Monday, February 3, 2014.
Regine confirmed the passing of her dad on her Instagram account. "The leader of the band, Gerry Velasquez, has joined his creator today at 1:39 pm. Thank for praying for him when he was fighting for his life and for praying for the Velasquez family. God bless you all," the singer posted.
Celebrities expressed their condolences to the Asia's songbird and to her family over social media.
Lea Salonga posted on her facebook account, "Rest in peace, Mang Gerry. I will always remember you as a fixture by Reg's side at gigs from when we were young ones in the biz. Always present, forever supportive. I don't think of Reg without thinking of you. To Ogie and Regine, you are in our prayers and we send hugs to you and your family."
Aiza Seguerra tweeted, "@reginevalcasid so sorry to hear about your dad. Prayers to you and the rest of the family. RIP Mang Gerry."
Jim Paredes tweeted, "Mang Gerry Velasquez RIP. Condolences to @reginevalcasid @ogiealcasid and everyone he loved and loved him back"
Comedian Chokoleit tweeted, "Salamat Mang Gerry for patiently honing ur daughter's gift, molded a songbird & inspired many lives leaving this world beaming w/pride. RIP."
Zsazsa Padilla tweeted, "RIP Mang Gerry. Our deepest condolences, @reginevalcasid @cacaimitra @ogiealcasid”
According to reports from ABS-CBNnews.com, Mang Gerry was hospitalized late last year for more than a month.