Filipino rock icon Pepe Smith dies at 71

Filipino rock icon Pepe Smith dies at 71

Filipino rock icon Pepe Smith, member of Juan dela Cruz Band, has died. He was 71.

According to ABS-CBN News, Smith's daughter Daisy Smith-Owen confirmed the death of the Idiosyncrasies singer-songwriter on Monday morning (01/28). No further details are available at press time.

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Smith-Owen writes, "Thank you for everything papa bear ko. Thank you for being the best dad in the world. I know youre in the best place now, no more pains papa.. i will see you in few days. I love you to the moon and back."

UPDATE (01/30/2019 10:00 A.M.): A public viewing will be held at Venice Chapel in Loyola Memorial Park, Sucat on January 31 (Thursday) to February 1 (Friday). A fundraising campaign led by his daughter Sanya Smith was launched for donations going towards the memorial service, funeral service, and burial site fees. Donate here.

The Filipino music community reflects on Smith's recent passing. See their posts below.

The Itchyworms guitarist Chino Singson writes that Smith "will be sorely missed."

Singer/guitarist Jugs Jugueta shares a photo of Smith dining with The Itchyworms.

Generation frontman Kowboy Santos thanks Smith for "blazing the trail for Pinoy Rock."

Singer Nicole Asensio says good-bye to the King of OPM Rock.

Jason Caballa, guitarist of Pedicab and Cheats, shares his favorite memory of the legendary rock star.

The Dawn guitarist Francis Reyes thanks Smith for the music.

Raymund Marasigan, who references Smith in the Sandwich hit 'Betamax,' shares his condolences.

Myrene Academia, bassist of Sandwich and Imago, writes her thanks to Smith.

Aldus Santos of The Purple Chickens shares advice Smith once told him.


Watch Smith's 1997 performance of 'Himig Natin' below.