By Jojo Panaligan
Singer Arthur Manuntag passed away Feb. 12, some three months after being comatose from a heart attack.
His death came as a surprise because, only a day before on February 11, his family, friends and the public were informed through a post on his Facebook page being managed apparently by a close family member that Arthur’s condition was “stable.”
“He wasn’t on life support. Now he’s back in the ICU because of an infection, which we believe he will fight through,” read the update in part.
As of this writing, no further details on matters such as cause of death or funeral plans have been released by his family.
Known as the Frank Sinatra of the Philippines, Arthur collapsed November 11 last year during a performance in Baguio City. He was recently transferred to the Philippine Heart Center.
One of Arthur’s hits is “Now and Hereafter,” a duet with Ella May Saison. He also sang the songs “Ikaw Na Nga” and “Hindi Magbabago,” as well as covers of kundimans and holiday tunes, among others.