RIP Total Entertainer: Celebrities, fans mourn death of OPM legend Rico J. Puno


Posted at Oct 30 2018 07:35 AM | Updated as of Oct 30 2018 12:45 PM

MANILA – Celebrities and fans took to social media to mourn the death of OPM legend Rico J. Puno early Tuesday.

Puno died of cardiac arrest, according to his daughter Tosca Camille Puno-Ramos.

The veteran singer underwent open heart surgery in 2015. He underwent an angioplasty last December 2017 and recently got a new pacemaker

Before his death, Puno shared his excitement to topbill the concert "Sana Tatlo Ang Puso Ko" with comediennes Marissa Sanchez and Giselle Sanchez.

Anna Puno, the singer's sister-in-law, expressed shock after hearing news of Puno's death. 

"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," she said in an Instagram post. 

"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 be cherished in our hearts."


Rest in His peace kapitan. I’m in total shock at this news. πŸ˜”πŸ’”πŸ˜’πŸ™πŸΌ

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I grew up with you. Actually singing in the same concerts that Vicor and Blackgold put together for all their artists, with you. I had no idea then that I was singing with one who would become a true LEGEND. The Total Entertainer, the funny, always down-to-earth guy who was always humble and in the forty years I’ve known you, never, ever changed or let success go to your head. I hated when you would make green jokes but loved that they made people laugh. You were a true gem of a talent, and person, dearest Kuya Rico. We and the whole entertainment industry have just been turned upside down by your passing. Thank you for being so sweet and loving to me. Daddy loved you and I know you loved him too and made him laugh, so thank you also for that. Mahal kita, Kuya. Salamat sa sinabi mo not just once na I had “one of the prettiest faces.” Muntik na akong maniwala pero mukhang seryoso ka naman. Huwag masyadong bastos ang jokes sa taas ha Kuya baka ihagis ka ni Lord pababa hala! Seriously, we will never be the same...we miss you already. Rest in peace, the great RICO J. PUNO. Our most loving and deepest condolences to your family. May God give them strength during this painful time. I will miss you dearly. I love you.

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Rest In Peace YangkuπŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜ž

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Gusto kong magpasalamat sa diyos at sa abs-cbn sa pagkakataon na binigay sa akin na makasama ka sa show at makilala ka ng lubusan .... isang taong henyo sa komedya at alamat sa kantahan ... mamimiss ko ang mga nakakatawa mong jokes at minsan e wala rin namang kwenta πŸ˜‚ .... parati ko sinasabi sayo na ikaw lang ang inidolo ng kapatid kong bunsong lalake na namatay na rin nung bata pa sya dahil ang paborito nyang kanta ay ang "macho gwapito ".... naalala ko na minsan antok na antok ako sa taping natin at inofer mo ang condo mo na malapit sa abs para makapagpahinga ako kahit sandali lang ... napa ka maaalahanin mong tao ... at para sa akin d pa uso ang pormahan na walang medyas ang sapatos e ... pinauso mo na ... nawalan ng isang alamat ang OPM sa pag panaw mo yangku .... nawalan kame ng mahal na kapatid at kaibigan sa industriya ...magpahinga ka na yangku Rico .... mahal ka namin .... mahal kita at higit sa lahat ma mimiss kita at ang matindi mong mala anghel mong boses .... maraming salamat yangku rico ....RIP ....#IYAKAKO ... #VERYSADDAY

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Rest in Peace SenyorπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ #ricojpuno #opmlegend

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Salamat Rico J. Puno.

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Total entertainer... yan ang tawag kay rico j. Puno.. tama naman dahil hindi lang basta kumakanta, talagang performer... magkasama lang tayo 2 weeks ago SA show.. tulad ko makulit At sensya na mejo “naughty” ... pero yan ang style nya na nakasanayan na NG lahat.. yan ang hinahanap NG tao... komedyante na At magaling na singer.. konsehal... hurado.. host.. at napaka swerte ko kc ilang beses na kami nagkasama SA mga concerts at shows.. nanalo pa nga kami NG award matagal na bilang “best performance (collaboration) in a concert” .. na hindi ko makakalimutan kc natawa kami dahil walang script at kulitan lang ang concert na yon pero nanalo.. maharot sa entablado At kaibigan At masaya kasama. SA totoo lang hindi lahat kaya syang sakyan dahil SA kanyang kaharutan.. pero yon ang hindi ko makakalimutan SA kanya, malamang dahil ganon din ako,. Salamat SA mga alaala corics, sa mga KLASIK Mong mga kanta na binigyan mo ako NG pagkakataon na makanta kasama mo. Macho gwapito, Salamat SA kulitan. Ma mi miss ka NG lahat dahil nag iisa ka. “Ang iyong pagdaramdam, Idalangin mo sa Maykapal, Na sa puso mo ay mawala nang lubusan” — MAY BUKAS PA πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ˜ž

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