Band manager Richard Tan passes away

Posted at 06/03/12 1:27 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Band manger Richard Y. Tan passed away early Sunday due to meningitis.

Tan is the manager of Parokya ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Gloc-9, Franco, Moonstar 88, Typecast, Hilera, The Youth and Chicosci under Backbeat Artist Management.

On June 2, artists took to social media networks to call for prayers for Tan after he was rushed to the hospital and confined to the intensive care unit.

Tan lost his battle at 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, according to a report by MYX.

“The entire music industry is mourning his passing and remembers his valuable contribution to the music scene. He mentored and took care of some of the best rock bands in the industry today and has given his knowledge to a lot of young acts who also aspire to make it in the business,” the music channel said on its website.

Artists took to Twitter to give thanks to Tan.

“RIP Sir Richard Tan. Salamat sa lahat ng naitulong mo sa amin, directly and indirectly. May you rest in peace,” said “It’s Showtime” host and Itchyworms member Jugs Jugueta.

“Woke up on our roadtrip wondering about Richard Tan's condition. Saddened by the news. Rest in peace, sir. We will miss you greatly,” said Rico Blanco.

“You have no idea how much I gained from that little talk we had. Thanks. You will be missed,” tweeted Spongecola frontman Yael Yuzon.

“Prayers for the quiet man behind some of the biggest bands this country will ever see. You'll be missed terribly, good sir,” said former Sugarfree lead vocalist Ebe Dancel.

“Sad and shocking news for the music industry. Another important figure passed away,” said Tanya Markova.

Music industry stalwarts also took time to remember Tan.

Jim Ayson, who pioneered Pinoy music on the Internet, called Tan “one of the nicest guys and gentlest souls in the Pinoy band scene.”

“Richard was a really nice guy, we'll miss him,” Ayson said.

“Thanks for the music. You truly rocked,” said Andrew Santiago, station manager of radio station Magic 89.9.

Gang Badoy, one of the founders of RockEd, said, “Woke up to such sad news. One gentleman I admire passed away. Rest in peace, Richard Tan, nurturer of talent, protector of artists' dreams.”