Son of late OPM icon Claire dela Fuente reveals ‘In her sleep, her heart gave up’

  • The son of the late Jukebox Queen Claire dela Fuente revealed the reason behind his mother’s untimely passing
  • Her son Gregorio “Gigo” de Guzman said she succumbed to cardiac arrest; believed to be a result of anxiety and stress
  • He also confirmed that she was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19

“In her sleep, her heart gave up.”

These were the words of Gregorio “Gigo” de Guzman, son of the late OPM legend Claire dele Fuente, who passed away at the age of 63 on Tuesday, March 30, due to cardiac arrest.

Image captured from Twitter

In an interview with ABS-CBN News’ MJ Felipe, which was posted on the reporter’s Twitter account, Gigo gave details about his mother’s demise; saying  Claire, or Clarita Crisostomo Dela Fuente-De Guzman in real life, had been suffering from various illnesses before she succumbed to cardiac arrest.

“Based on my doctor, she died from cardiac arrest that was believed to be a result of her stress and anxiety. My mom had anxiety, hypertension, and diabetes,” he shared. “In her sleep, her heart gave up.”

In addition, Gigo confirmed that his mom was in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

Goodbye, Jukebox Queen

Now that she’s gone, the “Queen of Tagalog Songs” left a void in the hearts of so many fans; creating an impact not only on the elders but also on the younger ones who grew up hearing or singing her songs. On social media, netizens expressed sadness and grief as they look back at her glory days and recall bits of memories that have been associated with her songs.

Image captured from Twitter

The well-loved “Karen Carpenters of the Philippines”, who popularized the iconic song Sayang, was definitely a hitmaker in the 1970s; with her first album being the country’s biggest-ever seller in 1977; long before she went on to record seven more as her journey continued.


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