Matinee idol Rico Yan may have passed away almost 18 years ago, but his ex-girlfriend and former on-screen partner, Claudine Barretto makes it a point to remember the late actor even on what would have been his 45th birthday.
In an Instagram post on March 14, Claudine posted a photo with Rico and wrote: “Happy birthday in heaven, RY. Know that you are still loved and remembered.”
Over the years, Claudine makes it a point to remember the late actor whether it is his birthday or his death anniversary. In 2015 and 2016, the actress shared Rico’s love letters to her, and in March 2016, Claudine visited Rico’s grave and placed flowers on his tombstone.
Rico was at the peak of his career when he suddenly passed away at 27 years old on March 29, 2002, due to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis. Claudine called the day of his death, “the day my heart broke into pieces.”
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