KAMI lerned from ABSCBN News that Eugene Villaluz, a music veteran who earned fame as part of the popular 1970s band the New Minstrels, died of cancer on Saturday at the age of 70, his family said.
The Company's Moy Ortiz who is his nephew confirmed to ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual that Eugene passed away at about 4:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Global City after a short battle with prostate cancer, which was diagnosed in April.
The official Twitter account of Meridian International College, where Villaluz taught music business management, posted: "You will be dearly missed. Your spirit will live on in our classrooms, hallways and studios. R.I.P. sir Eugene."
He was a tenor for the New Minstrels which is one of the country's biggest musical groups that made him a household name. He popularized "Gulong ng Palad" and his hit song "Nothing I Want More" with Louie Reyes.
Last February, he performed his last major show with the Company and Joey Albert at the Kia Theater in Cubao.
Tributes began pouring in from Villaluz's peers following the news of his passing, such as Reyes, who described the news as "devastating," as quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer and on Facebook, Chuckie Dreyfus wrote that Villaluz was a "true leader, a wonderful mentor, and a dear friend."
Please share this video of Villaluz performing Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa."
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