OPM rock icon Pepe Smith has passed away at 71 years old.
According to Pepe’s daughter Daisy Smith-Owen, Pepe was rushed to the hospital early Monday, January 28, but died a few hours later.
On her Facebook account, Daisy wrote a tribute to her late father, saying: "Thank you for everything papa bear ko. Thank you for being the best dad in the world. I know you're in the best place now, no more pains papa.. i will see you in few days. I love you to the moon and back."
Pepe was the frontman, drummer, and composer of the Juan de la Cruz Band, best known for its hit song “Himig Natin.” The song, which went on to become an OPM classic, was composed by Pepe.
Friends and fans of the musician have posted tributes on Instagram following the sad news. Here are some of them: