Following the news about the passing of OPM legend Rico J. Puno, celebrities took to social media to express their grief and to post their condolences for the family of the late singer.
Rico died on Tuesday morning according to his sister-in-law Anne Puno. The reason behind his death is yet to be revealed.
In 2015, Rico J underwent a bypass surgery and has been semi-active in showbusiness since then. He recently announced that he will be going back to his regular post as a hurado on It's Showtime's Tawag ng Tanghalan.
Read their messages below:
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.— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) October 29, 2018
To Tito Rico’s family, my deepest condolences.
Zsa Zsa Padilla
R.I.P. Rico Puno. 🙏Shocked to hear about your sudden passing. We will always remember your beautiful songs and your unique way of interpreting them.— zsa zsa padilla (@zsazsapadilla) October 29, 2018
R.I.P Rico J Puno.— BAILEY MAY (@BaileyMayNU) October 29, 2018
A kind and humble man. You will always be rememberd for the great music you blessed us with. If it wasn’t for your song “May Bukas Pa” I would not be where I am today.
Love and Prayers to family and friends 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/KJBbCm11qp
Rico J Puno. Death of a Pinoy music icon. Rest in Peace 🙏🏻— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) October 30, 2018
I grew up with your songs dear koriks. You will forever be my icon. Rest in peace Rico J! #namamasyalpasaluneta— kim atienza (@kuyakim_atienza) October 29, 2018
This man was the reason I wanted to be a singer. His voice, his charm, wit and entertainment style has wowed millions of opm fans all over the globe. I am deeply saddened to hear that he has now joined our creator. More than being my idol, he was a dear friend. Everybody loved and adored the great Rico J. Puno. Rest now rico. The whole country applauds you for your contributions as a singer, and entertainer and as a public servant. #ricojpuno
Salamat sa mga ngiti at awitin na nagpasaya sa lahat ng nagmamahal sayo kuya corics ❤️ ma miss namin ang mga kakulitan mo na napaka natural lang ❤️ pasayahin mo sila sa langit 😊 mahal ka namin... isang karangalan na nakasama kita sa napaka sayang noontime show dati kahit saglit lang 😊 #ripricojpuno
Paalam, Idol Yangku Rico J! Napaka-suwerte ko at nakilala kita, at nakatrabaho kita. Napakarami mong napaligaya at napatawa... maraming salamat po! 🙏🏼 Sayang lagi kong nakakalimutang dalhin itong plaka kong ‘to... hindi ko na mapapa-pirmahan sa yo, idol. 😢🙏🏼 Pahinga na po. We love you. 😘❤️
Total entertainer... yan ang tawag kay rico j. Puno.. tama naman dahil hindi lang basta kumakanta, talagang performer... magkasama lang tayo 2 weeks ago SA show.. tulad ko makulit At sensya na mejo “naughty” ... pero yan ang style nya na nakasanayan na NG lahat.. yan ang hinahanap NG tao... komedyante na At magaling na singer.. konsehal... hurado.. host.. at napaka swerte ko kc ilang beses na kami nagkasama SA mga concerts at shows.. nanalo pa nga kami NG award matagal na bilang “best performance (collaboration) in a concert” .. na hindi ko makakalimutan kc natawa kami dahil walang script at kulitan lang ang concert na yon pero nanalo.. maharot sa entablado At kaibigan At masaya kasama. SA totoo lang hindi lahat kaya syang sakyan dahil SA kanyang kaharutan.. pero yon ang hindi ko makakalimutan SA kanya, malamang dahil ganon din ako,. Salamat SA mga alaala corics, sa mga KLASIK Mong mga kanta na binigyan mo ako NG pagkakataon na makanta kasama mo. Macho gwapito, Salamat SA kulitan. Ma mi miss ka NG lahat dahil nag iisa ka. “Ang iyong pagdaramdam, Idalangin mo sa Maykapal, Na sa puso mo ay mawala nang lubusan” — MAY BUKAS PA 🙏🙏🙏😞