Singer and Makati City councilor Rico J. Puno died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City, according to his friend and former talent manager Norma Japitana.
He was 65.
Puno underwent a procedure to implant a pacemaker on his heart on Oct. 26. He was then scheduled for an executive checkup three days later, Japitana said. “When he was being examined, his doctors insisted that he be admitted. They didn’t let him go anymore,” she recalled.
Doctors announced Puno’s death at 1:56 a.m. of Tuesday. “For an hour, they tried to revive him but failed,” she said. His remains are now at the Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati City. Interment to be announced later.
Anna Puno, the singer’s sister-in-law and concert producer posted on her Instagram account her reaction to the latter’s untimely demise. “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 (for) one of the most respected singers in the country,” she said.
Enrico de Jesus Puno suffered a stroke in 2015. He staged his 40th anniversary concert and US tour recently.
Puno was a singer, comedian, actor and television host. He was credited as a pioneer-promoter of original Filipino mus