• Randy Santiago's 24-Year-Old Son Passes Away

    Friends offer condolences to the Santiago family after Ryan Leonardo Santiago's passing.
    by Arniel C. Serato for Pep.ph .
  • Randy Santiago's 24-Year-Old Son Passes Away
    IMAGE @ryancsantiago/Instagram and Facebook
  • Ryan Leonardo Santiago, second of the three children of Randy Santiago, passed away last Sunday night, August 13.

    Ryan was only 24 years old. 

    Why i love life

    A post shared by Ryan Santiago (@ryancsantiago) on May 15, 2016 at 3:45am PDT


    According to Reily Santiago, Ryan's uncle, his nephew suffered from a rare brain disease and multiple sclerosis that, according to Randy's statement below, Ryan battled for three years. 

    Apart from Ryan, Randy and his wife Marilou Coronel have two other children -- Raphael and Raiko

    An outpouring of condolences were offered by friends of the Santiago family after Ryan's passing. 

    Here are a few:

    Concert King Martin Nievera also reached out with a message of sympathy to the family that he sent via a comment on talent manager Noel Ferrer's Facebook post. 


    Ryan's remains were cremated Monday morning a day after his death, August. 14. 
       
    In an exclusive statement to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at Ryan's wake held at La Salle Greenhills Chapel, Randy shared he and Marilou are yet to fully come to terms with their son's passing

    "He was rushed to the hospital Sunday that night because of body pains, but he had already been battling with his disease for the past three years. Tanggap, pero mahirap… masakit. Lalo na kapag magulang, e. Pero siyempre, ang Panginoon, nandiyan para siguro...Baka may purpose Siya kung bakit he had to leave and he had to go at an early age, dahil siyempre hindi naman siguro patagalin pa yung sickness niya,” he told PEP.ph. 

    Randy, however, was thankful his son will no longer suffer from his illness. “Loving” and “gala” were words he used to describe his son. “Siya ang lagi kong kasama kapag may mga tour. Madali kasi imbitahin.”

    He continued, “Malambing kasi, e, hindi lang sa mga tiyo, sa mga classmates, napakalambing din niya.”

    Ryan's siblings, Rowell, Raymart, and Riley Santiago were at the wake as well as Bayani Agbayani, Jenny Miller, talent manager Noel Ferrer, and ABS-CBN executive Linggit Tan. 

    Ryan's remains will be at the La Salle Greenhills chapel in San Juan City until Thursday night, August 16. 

    This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.  

    * Minor edits, including the story's translation to English, have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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