Singers, celebrities, and supporters alike are presently grieving over the sudden departure of the “OPM King” and comedian Rico J. Puno. On Tuesday morning, October 30, the late singer’s sister-in-law Anna Puno took to her Instagram account to share the saddening news to Rico J’s fans. According to her, his passing on was indeed “serendipitous” given that he was apparently slated to commemorate his 40 years in the music industry.
“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.”
Among the members of the entertainment realm who paid tribute to Rico J was none other than the “Megastar” Sharon Cuneta. In a lengthy Instagram post, she shared a heartfelt message to the late singer who she endearingly addressed as “Kuya Rico.”
“I grew up with you. Actually singing in the same concerts that Vicor and Blackgold put together for all their artists, with you. I had no idea then that I was singing with one who would become a true LEGEND.”
She went on:
“Seriously, we will never be the same…we miss you already. Rest in peace, the great RICO J. PUNO. Our most loving and deepest condolences to your family. May God give them strength during this painful time. I will miss you dearly. I love you.”
Martin Nievera, on the other hand, jokingly said:
“Now that you are in heaven, behave! We love you!”
Gary Valenciano, however, stated that he is still in a state of shock. He also referred to the late singer as “kapitan.”
Then, for Ogie Alcasid, he revealed that Rico J played a huge role in his current stature in the business. Along with a photo of the veteran singer, Ogie shared:
“This man was the reason I wanted to be a singer. His voice, his charm, wit and entertainment style has wowed millions of opm fans all over the globe. I am deeply saddened to hear that he has now joined our creator. More than being my idol, he was a dear friend.”
Other reputable songsters who paid their tribute to Rico J were Zsa Zsa Padilla, Regine Velasquez, Lea Salonga, Mark Bautista, and many more.