Yesterday, September 4, 2020, news broke that Lloyd Cadena, a popular Pinoy YouTuber, had passed away.
On his official Facebook page, a short statement from his family read: “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the untimely demise of our beloved brother Lloyd Cafe Cadena. May he be remembered for all the joy and laughter he shared with everyone. My family and I ask for your prayers, respect, and privacy during this time."
The untimely passing came as a shock to many of Lloyd’s fans, since he was only 26 years old. On Twitter, many of his fans also worried about his mom, whom they fondly called Mother Kween. Thanks to Lloyd, she was able to return home “for good” in January 2020, after having worked abroad for over 24 years.
On YouTube, Lloyd’s final vlogs were dedicated to their “dream house,” which he bought for his mom. “Ang pinaka-rason bakit ako nagmadaling kumuha ng bahay is because mag-re-retire na ‘yung mama ko and I want her to experience na may sarili na kaming bahay,” he shares in the last video uploaded on his YouTube channel.
In his signature, joking fashion, Lloyd also shared that the house where they used to live in was scheduled to be demolished. “Ayoko naman na tumira kami dun tapos nakikita namin nadedemolish na ‘yung bahay namin, ‘di ba,” he says.
Lloyd, who started vlogging in 2011 when he was still a student at Colegio de San Juan de Letran and is considered one of the "OG" (original) Pinoy content creators on the platform, has always shown a close relationship with his mom. Those who closely follow his vlogs and videos know that Lloyd worked hard as a YouTube content creator so that his mom can retire without any worries.
In one of his vlogs in 2019, where he gifted his mom with an expensive designer bag, Lloyd thanked her for all that she's done for their family. "Kulang pa 'yan sa lahat ng mga sakripisyo mo sa aming magkakapatid," he said.
The content creator adds, "'Yung mama ko talaga ang nagtaguyod ng family namin. So looking forward ako na mag-[stay] for good ka na rin [dito]."
Apart from being family-oriented, he also showed a soft spot for children — one of his final videos was of him gifting tablets to kids who have been struggling with online classes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been providing children with school supplies since 2017.