Rico Puno said in a previous interview, “I also believe that God allowed me to live, because I still have a mission to entertain and bring joy to people through my music.” For a time in 2015, the music icon lost his voice after his triple bypass surgery.
Binawian ng buhay ngayong madaling araw, October 30, sa edad na 65 ang legendary singer na si Rico Puno.
Kinumpirma ito ng concert producer na si Anna Puno, pero hindi pa ito naglalabas ng kumpletong detalye tungkol sa tunay na dahilan ng pagpanaw ng OPM King.
Pahayag ni Anna, “I am seized with deep emotional shock when I found out that our OPM King—Kuya Rico J. Puno has passed away this morning (manila time).
“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.
“I cannot help but say it was serendipitous that Starmedia prepared a solo 40th Anniversary concert for him and a U.S. 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 cherish in our hearts.”
Noong April 2015, sumailalim si Rico sa seven-hour heart surgery dahil nahirapan siyang huminga habang nasa taping ng Home Sweetie Home ng ABS-CBN.
Ang huli nitong presscon ay nito lamang October 18, para sa upcoming concert niya na Sana Tatlo Ang Puso Ko, kasama sina Marissa Sanchez at Giselle Sanchez.