It’s been almost two decades since Rico Yan passed away, but he still holds a special place in Claudine Barretto’s heart up to this day.
Claudine paid tribute to her ex-boyfriend on Instagram.
“Happy Birthday in Heaven RY. Know that you are still loved and remembered,” Claudine wrote in her Instagram post.
Born on March 14, 1975, Rico would have turned 45 years old.
Found dead inside a hotel room in Palawan by his good friend Dominic Ochoa, Rico died due to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis on March 29, 2002 — days after the matinee idol turned 27 years old.
Barretto and Yan worked together on a number of projects including hit TV dramas such as Mula Sa Puso and Saan Ka Man Naroroon and romance films like Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita and Got 2 Believe.