Published: Tuesday 30 October, 2018

RIP Rico J. Puno: OPM Singer & Makati Councilor Dead from Heart Failure at 65

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Rest in peace, Rico J. (Instagram/Anna Puno)

Rico J. Puno is dead. One of OPM’s torchbearers, Rico Puno died of heart failure on Tuesday morning at the age of 65. This after Makati City mayor Abby Binay revealed in a recent interview that Puno was in poor health due to his heart.

Rico Puno died at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City. His manager, Norma Japitana, told DZMM that Puno went for a regular checkup at St. Luke’s on Sunday but was told he needed to be confined for further observation. He died two days later due to cardiac arrest.

Unknown to his fans as well as his constituents in Makati City where he was a councilor, Rico Puno was in poor health. He underwent triple heart bypass in 2015 and had a pacemaker installed earlier this year.

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A few days ago, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay revealed Puno had been rushed to hospital several times due to his failing health. Binay revealed this due to the ongoing political rift in the city where several councilors bolted Abby’s camp to switch their allegiance to former mayor Junjun Binay. Rico Puno was one of these councilors.

“So aanhin mo ang trabaho kung hindi ka makakapag-trabaho? He should attend more to his health. I don’t know if he can handle the stress. I wish him the best,” Abby Binay said in that interview as quoted by Ricky Lo.

Puno’s wake and funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, his sister-in-law posted his message about the singer’s death on Instagram:

“I am seized with deep emotional shock when I found out that our OPM King – Kuya Rico J. Puno has passed away this morning (manila time). Numbed with grief, I would like to call on all entertainers in the OPM Industry as well as his worldwide fans to stop for a moment and say a prayer to one of the most respected singers in the country. I cannot help but say it was serendipitous that Starmedia prepared a solo 40th Anniversary concert for him and a US tour with the OPM stalwarts and colleagues just recently. Little did I know that this is his Final Bow in the live entertainment world. We will forever miss the TOTAL ENTERTAINER…but his songs will forever cherish in our hearts.”

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[…] Rico Puno died at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City. His manager issued a statement revealing that Rico Puno had attended hospital this past Sunday for a regular checkup, but was told he needed to be confined for further observation and he died two days later. […]