MANILA – Filipino-American actor Nico Santos announced his stepfather’s demise due to COVID-19.
The “Crazy Rich Asians” actor made the unfortunate news via Instagram on Sunday as he shared a photo of his stepfather Sonny and mom Tita.
“My Tito Sonny passed away yesterday after losing his battle with COVID-19. He was a kind, caring man. Friendly to a fault. He always greeted strangers walking past him with a chipper ‘Good Morning!’ and a big smile. He had a great laugh that filled the room with joy,” he wrote.
Santos further said his mother is likewise fighting COVID-19 although “for the time being, she has not required hospitalization.”
While losing his stepfather was devastating, Santos said what pains him more is how this pandemic has kept his family apart.
“We were unable to be with him during his last days. I can’t hold my mother as she mourns her husband. I can’t hug my brother as he contemplates a world without his father. I can’t wipe away the tears from my nephews’ eyes as they wonder why their Lolo Sonny isn’t here anymore,” he said.
During this trying time, Santos thanked everyone “who offered up prayers, love and assistance to our family.”
“Please continue to pray and send healing energy to my mom. I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy. Rest In Peace Tito Sonny. I love you,” he said.