Filipino rock guitarist Wally Gonzalez has passed away.
The news of the Juan Dela Cruz Band co-founder's passing was confirmed by his son John with a Facebook post, revealing that Wally died "peacefully in his sleep."
John writes, "My father passed away peacefully in his sleep earlier this morning. To his friends in the music industry and off, we are arranging for a short wake so that you can visit him post-cremation, as was his last wishes."
Wally Gonzalez, who shared the stage with Pepe Smith and Mike Hanopol as Juan De La Cruz Band, previously tested positive for COVID-19 and was later hospitalized due to a mild stroke in January.
Members of the Filipino music community and industry professionals took to social media to remember Wally's career and legacy. Check them out below.
as a kid, I discovered the separate solo records by Pepe, Wally and Mike before JDLC. that’s why they are name checked separately in Betamax.— Raymund Marasigan (@raymsmercygun) July 23, 2021
Francis Brew Reyes
RIP Wally Gonzalez, of the Juan Dela Cruz band.— KowboySantos (@Kowboy2Legiiit) July 23, 2021
the pioneer of Pinoy Rock. a monster guitar player and such a kind soul.
i'll never forget the jams you asked me to play with you!
it was an honor. 🎸♥️
Maraming salamat sir Wally Gonzales 🤘💔— Maps Of The Soul ⁷ (@Mapins) July 23, 2021
RIP Wally Gonzalez— Ely Buendia (@elybuendia9001) July 23, 2021
So sad to hear this. Just read on FB that Wally Gonzales of Juan dela Cruz band just passed on today. Rest In Peace!— Jim (@Jimparedes) July 23, 2021
Pahinga Wally Gonzalez 🥀 pic.twitter.com/k8zluj2VMM— Marc Abaya (@MarcAbaya) July 23, 2021
Rest in Peace, Wally Gonzalez…You were an inspiration. It was a pleasure and an Honour. 🤘🏼💔— Tirso Ripoll (@TirsoRipoll) July 23, 2021
Six the Northstar
Damn. RIP Wally Gonzales pic.twitter.com/DcyN3uSHZ8— SIX THE NORTHSTAR (@SixTheNorthstar) July 23, 2021
Oh man. Just heard. RIP Wally Gonzalez— Steady Jones (@enzoitgoesss) July 23, 2021
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Wally Gonzalez had impeccable tones. He's now playing in the great concert in the sky. You will be missed, sir!— Yupangco Music (@yupangcomusic) July 23, 2021
Rest easy, sir Wally Gonzalez!#YupangcoMusic #HarmonyInSynergy #WallyGonzalez pic.twitter.com/UUY3iT9WKC
Stream Wally Gonzalez's second solo album On The Road below.