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Recently, a very well loved Philippine showbiz personality died which saddened not just his fans but also his co-workers. Just like everybody on this list, Rico J. Puno died at the peak of his stardom.
These were some of the brightest stars in show business who passed away just when they still had so much to give.
1. RICO J. PUNO (Enrico de Jesus Puno 1953-2018)
Legendary OPM icon Rico J. Puno died of heart failure on October 30, 2018. He was celebrating his 40 years in showbiz and was supposed to have another concert with Marissa and Giselle Sanchez.
The singer underwent a triple bypass surgery in 2015 and had remained active in showbiz.
2. AJ PEREZ (Antonello Joseph Sarte Perez 1993-2011)
The young actor died on April 17, 2011 due to a vehicular accident in Moncada, Tarlac while he was on his way home to Manila from a provincial show in Dagupan, Pangasinan.
AJ was also part of ASAP’s all-boys dance group Giggerboys, together with Chris Gutierrez, Dino Imperial, Sam Concepcion, Arron Villaflor, Enchong Dee, and Robi Domingo.
3. MARKY CIELO (Mark Angelo Cadaweng Cielo 1988-2008)
He started his showbiz career when he joined StarStruck Season 3 and was declared the sole survivor. He was found lying on the floor of his room in Antipolo on December 7, 2008.
4. RUDY FERNANDEZ (Rodolfo Valentino Padilla Fernandez 1952-2008)
The award winning actor lost his almost a year battle with peri-ampullary cancer on June 7, 2008.
After travelling to US for a medical treatment, Rudy decided to cut short the supposed month-long trip and return home.
5. RICO YAN (Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan 1975-2002)
Rico was just 27 years old when he died of acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis in his sleep on March 29, 2002, on Good Friday during Holy Week. He was at the peak of his showbiz career, a head for business and has a supportive family.
Rico was well loved by a lot of people which was evident when a reported crowd of 10,000 people flocked to his burial at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City.
6. FERNANDO POE JR. (Ronald Allan Kelley Poe 1939-2004)
Fans and followers of Action King Fernando Poe Jr. were shocked with his demise as he did not show any sign of ill health. He died on the eve of December 14, 2004.
FPJ was rushed to St. Luke's Medical Center on December 10 after complaining of feeling dizzy during an early Christmas party with close friends and employees.
7. NIDA BLANCA (Dorothy Acueza Jones 1936-2001)
The veteran actress was found bathed in her own blood inside her car on November 7, 2001.
According to the police reports, she was beaten and stabbed 13 times in the back seat of her Nissan Sentra on the basement parking of the Atlanta Center in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.
8. JULIE VEGA (Darling Julie Pearl Apostol Postigo 1968-1985)
The young actress died of pneumonia just 5 days before her 17th birthday on May 6, 1985. Her TV series had to be cut short because of her early demise.
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