A few weeks shy of his 70th birthday, veteran actor, host and comedian Subas Herrero passed away on Friday due to double pneumonia. As relayed by actor Noel Trinidad to GMA News, Herrero died at a hospital in Rochester, New York.
Recall that Herrero bid showbiz goodbye years back after suffering from a stroke. He also reportedly had diabetes, information that surfaced as far back as 2009.
Messages of gratitude and condolences served as tributes of netizens who have been touched by Herrero’s work. Even celebrities lamented the loss of another industry pillar, best remembered as the other half of the “Champoy” duo (with Trinidad).
Here are some of their posts from Twitter and Facebook:
“Saddened by the news of the passing of Subas Herrero, the other half of the iconic CHAMPOY, one of the gems of Philippine TV Comedy.” – Direk Jose Javier Reyes
“our condolences to the family of Subas Herrero. He was a wonderful artist who gave great joy to the world. Thank you Subas for always being nice and friendly to The CompanY when we were just starting out. We loved your Tagalog adaption of the jazz bebop song ‘Cloudburst’ (aka Pot Pot!) that we learned and performed it eventually. Rest in Peace.” – premier vocal group The CompanY
“RIP Tito Subas Herrero. Praying for your family and loved ones. Many thanks for your grace, laughter and huge heart :)” – actress Pinky Amador
“RIP Subas Herrero. Friend to many, gentleman to all, part of our lives for so long.” – Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III
His career spans three decades, with a body of work that includes movies such as “Bakekang” (1978) and his last reported project, an American TV-movie, “Noriega: God’s Favorite” (2000), which also had several other Pinoys in the cast. He was also among the featured artists that recorded the classic EDSA theme composed by Jim Paredes, “Handog Ng Pilipino Sa Mundo.”
Herrero is survived by his wife MariPaz and five children, added the GMA report.