OPM icon April Boy Regino passes away

MJ Felipe, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 29 2020 09:24 AM | Updated as of Nov 30 2020 01:51 PM

OPM icon April Boy Regino signs a contract with Star Music in 2019. ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - OPM icon April Boy Regino has passed away, his family said Sunday. He was 59.

His wife, Madel, confirmed the sad news to ABS-CBN News over the phone, while their son, JC, uploaded on his Facebook page a photo of a lit candle with an 'IDOL' cap image.

"No more pain sa iyo mahal. Sobrang pain naman sa akin. Sabi mo gusto mo pang mabuhay dahil gusto mo pa akong makasama. Bakit mo ako iniwan? Ang daya mo mahal! Hindi ko pa kaya!!!" his wife wrote in a Facebook post.

 

Vingo Regino also announced his brother's demise on his Facebook account.

 

Dennis Regino Magdaraog in real life, April Boy is known for his trademark caps as he popularized jukebox hits "Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin," "Paano Ang Puso Ko", and "Umiiyak Ang Puso" in the 1990s.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 and had diabetes that affected his vision.

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- with report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News