‘Because Of You’ hitmaker Keith Martin found dead

Published March 26, 2022, 12:28 PM

by Neil Ramos

American singer-songwriter and record producer Keith Eric Martin, best known for his 2004 hit “Because of You,” was found dead in his unit at a condominium in Barangay Bagumbayan, Quezon City Friday.

He was 55.

According to police, they found Martin’s body after receiving a report about it from the building’s property manager.

Supposedly, residents were complaining about a foul smell eventually traced to Martin’s unit.

Police speculated that Martin has been dead for a week.

No further details have been revealed.

Several celebrities who have worked with Martin, including Kyla, Thyro Alfaro and Kris Lawrence, have expressed disbelief relating his demise.

Kyla tweeted, “In shock and in disbelief.. You will be missed, Keith Martin.. Thank you for the inspiration. You will leave a legacy of great music that is timeless and will always be remembered…”

Thyro wrote, “R.I.P. Keith Eric Martin! 😔I’ll never forget what you said to me after our gig. “You ain’t like those other dudes. You up there yokin! We need more of those”

Kris said, “Damn…this news is shocking. Gone too soon Keith Eric Martin. You will be missed brotha. Your music will live in our hearts forever.”

Keith’s last public appearance was at the March 12 wedding of Daryl Ong and wife Dea Formilleza in Antipolo City.

Daryl posted, “Rest in power…”