- The Jukebox King of the 70s, Victor Wood, succumbed to COVID-19 this morning, Friday, April 23
- The singer, who left behind a string of hits and an unreleased movie about the colorful life he led, was 74 years old
- Victor was the latest victim in the list of Pinoy celebrities and celebrity parents who succumbed to COVID-19
- His movie, “The Victor Wood Story” is yet to be released
Victor Wood, the Jukebox King who made a lot of hearts melt with his string of romantic ballads in the 70s died this morning due to COVID-19 complications.
According to his wife, Nerissa, he was brought to the hospital after complaining of breathing difficulties.
“Bumaba ang oxygen level niya last night,” Victor’s wife said.
Despite efforts by doctors to save him, the Jukebox King succumbed to COVID-19 complications around 9 a.m. at Quezon City’s New Era General Hospital.
The Bicolano and American Mestizo was a bit player during the late 60s, though the following decade, fortune finally smiled at him.
He became an instant hit in the 70s with a rich legacy of ballads that include “Carmelita,” “Eternally,” “Fraulein,” “I’m Sorry My Love,” “In Despair,” “I Went To Your Wedding,” and many more.
His good looks also earned him roles in several movies that starred Djoanna Garcia, Nora Aunor, and several other leading ladies.
He migrated to the US at the peak of his career in the 70’s and co-owned several gasoline stations there. Victor also tried his hand at real estate and landscaping, and also helped manage the Palm Plaza Restaurant.
During the 2007 general elections in the Philippines, he ran for the Senate but unfortunately lost.
In several interviews, a devoted member of the Iglesia ni Cristo, Victor admitted that he experienced depression at his career’s peak, which eventually led him to spiritual realizations.
His funeral arrangements are in the process of being finalized under the supervision of the Iglesia ni Cristo.
Victor Wood was a Filipino singer, actor and politician. His unique and melodic voice earned him various titles, including "Jukebox King" and "Plaka King. He was born on February 1, 1946 in Buhi, Camarines Sur, Philippines to Sgt. Kocky Wood and Rosario "Tiyang Saring" Nobleza. His mother was well known in Buhi and neighboring towns for selling herbal medications and perfumes. He studied and finished secondary school at Jose Abad Santos High. Before becoming a singer, Wood starred in some productions of Sampaguita Pictures. He was a member of Iglesia Ni Cristo. He previously hosted the show called "Beautiful Sunday" which airs every Sunday on Net25.
Several known Pinoy celebrities have also succumbed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. One of them is Menggie Cobarrubias, a veteran Filipino actor, who died on March 26 last year. He passed away even before the result of his COVID-19 test was released. Five days after the gloomy incident, it was confirmed that the celebrity had contracted the said virus.
The fashion world also mourned the death of famous Filipino designer Ito Curata due to complications from COVID-19. He died on the same day that Menggie Cobarrubias also succumbed to the deadly disease.