After the untimely death of his son Lloyd Cafe Cadena last Friday, September 4, Jun “Khalid” Cadena made an emotional video on his own vlog channel on YouTube after hearing of the news. Jun is an OFW currently based in the Middle East and has been featured in Lloyd’s vlogs when he is in the country.
In his vlog titled “I lost my son Lloyd Cafe Cadena,” he recounted the shock he felt when he received a call from Lloyd’s older sister Suzette who delivered the news to him. “She told me, ‘Papa, wala na si Lloyd.’ Parang nawalan ako ng lakas nung sinabi ng anak ko sa Dubai, ‘Papa wala na si Lloyd.’ Nagulat ako na hindi ko maintindihan. Maybe two to three minutes or more, tulala ako. Napakasakit. Ang hirap tanggapin. Ang hirap tanggapin ng isang ama na mawalan ka ng anak. Sobrang hirap. Ginapang namin sila ng kanilang ina mula pa sila sa hirap. Kahit paano nakakain sila ng tatlong beses sa isang araw. Di bale kaming magulang na hindi kumakain para lang sa mga anak. Ako sanay na ako sa walang kain kain, makita ko lang mga anak ko na hindi nagugutom.”
In this difficult time, Lloyd’s father also requested his viewers to not pressure their family for all the details. He says, “Mga kabayan, huwag na kayo magtanong kung anong dahilan ng pagkamatay ni Lloyd. Manood na lang kayo ng YouTube, balita, mga news. Igalang niyo na lang yung privacy ng pamilya,” he said.
Jun also gave a short message for his son, who was one of the most well-loved YouTube personalities in the country. “Lloyd kung nasaan ka man ngayon, nawa’y masaya ka na. Nawa’y gabayan mo kami ng iyong mama at mga kapatid na makayanan namin ang mga pagsubok sa buhay. Nawa’y maka-move on kami,” he added.
Watch the vlog here:
Lloyd’s parents, who are both OFWS, were encouraged by their son to start their own YouTube channels last year. Lloyd’s mom, who he lovingly refers to as “Mother Kween,” has been receiving support from other influencers and celebrities like Ivana Alawi and Jamill who have been urging their own followers to honor Lloyd’s memory by supporting his mom’s vlog. As of this writing, the “Mother Kween Vlogs” channel has 892,000 subscribers.
The Cadena family also finally released their official statement on the cause of death last September 6, Sunday. On Lloyd’s official Facebook account, they posted, “There are simply no words to express our heartfelt thanks for the prayers and sympathy you have extended to our family during this time of loss.
“Lloyd was confined in the hospital on September 1 due to high fever and dry cough. He was tested for COVID-19 on the same day which the result came out positive on September 3. As soon as the result of his swab test came out, our family, including BNT immediately isolated themselves. His vitals were okay and had no complaints. On September 4, 5am he was seen by the staff unresponsive and pale looking. As informed by the doctor, he suffered a heart attack while asleep. He was cremated yesterday and his remains is in our house in Cavite in the meantime.
“All expressions of sympathy, including flowers and cards are welcome. You may send them to our address at #14 Scarah, Kaingin Rd., Brgy. Sto. Niño, Parañaque City.
Lloyd is survived by his older sister Suzette and his parents, who are both OFWs.
As one of the pioneering vloggers in the country, “KWeen LC,” as he was fondly referred to by friends and followers, started his YouTube career in 2011 and has two successful YouTube accounts. He had 5.51 million subscribers on his main YouTube channel and 3.27 million subscribers on his vlog channel.