MANILA - Veteran crooner Arthur Manuntag has died, three months after he slipped into a coma, his children announced Monday night.
Manuntag's death was confirmed on a Facebook page under the jazz singer's name, maintained by his children, Jacques Murielle and Sean Paolo. He is also survived by his wife, Kathryn.
The announcement read: "I'm all out of words. My father has joined our creator. I know heaven is filled with the most beautiful music, and tonight they just welcomed one of the greatest singers in the world. Please keep him in your prayers. God bless."
Manuntag suffered a heart attack in November 2017 before slipping into a coma. While still comatose, he had been cleared for discharge from the hospital last February 7, but a new infection prevented this, prompting his family to put him back under intensive care as recently as Saturday.
A former member of the band Second Wind, Manuntag is best known for his rendition of jazz standards, earning him the moniker "the Tony Bennett of the Philippines."
Manuntag had appeared in top condition in his applauded 2015 performance in "Sinatrology," a tribute concert to Frank Sinatra that coincided with the crooner's 100th birth anniversary. He referred to that event, held in Czech Republic, as a "once in a lifetime opportunity."