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."