‘Idol’ April Boy Regino passes away at 51

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    Singer-composer April Boy Regino passed away Sunday, November 29 in the hospital. He was 51.

    The news was confirmed by his brother, Vingo, in a post on his social media account. Vingo wrote, “This day is so sad.. my brother April Boy is gone.”

    His wife, Madelyn, also wrote an emotional post on Facebook.

    “No more pain sa iyo Mahal… Sobrang pain naman sa akin…Sabi mo gusto mo pang mabuhay dahil gusto mo pa akong makasama. Bakit mo ako iniwan? Ang daya mo mahal! Hindi ko pa kaya!!!”

    She added the hashtags chronic kidney disease stage 5 and acute respiratory disease in her post.

    April Boy, known as “Idol” by his fans, was never without his trademark caps. He often gave away caps during his concerts and mall shows.

    He and his brothers Vingo and Jimmy formed the novelty singing group April Boys in the 1990s and popularized such novelty songs as “Honey My Love, So Sweet,” “Sana ay Mahalin Mo Rin Ako,” “Ikaw Pa Rin ang Mamahalin” at “Paano ang Puso Ko.”

    In 2009, the singer-composer announced that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Five years later, he said in an interview that he was cancer free. Later, he quit showbiz because of his health. He had suffered a heart attack and also was losing his eyesight because of diabetic retinopathy.

    Colleagues in the music industry expressed their condolences to the and

    Regino was born on on April 9, 1969 in Marikina. He is survived by his wife Madelyn and children JC and Charmeine.