The Philippine music industry mourns the sudden death of Slapshock frontman Vladimir "Jamir" Garcia. He was 42 years old.
Jamir's body was reportedly found lifeless in his residence in Brgy. Sangandaan, Quezon City earlier today, November 26.
The vocalist of the iconic Filipino heavy metal band was then rushed to Metro North hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.
The investigation to determine the cause of Jamir's death has now been turned over to the Quezon City Police District.
The sad incident shocked Slapshock's fans as well as the music community, with some celebrities taking to social media to express their sadness.
Rest in peace, Jamir🙏🏼— Melanie C. Alvarez (@Kylareal) November 26, 2020
RIP, Jamir. 🙏— Paulo Avelino (@mepauloavelino) November 26, 2020
Saw you in UP when I was a young girl rocking out to Agent Orange. Saw you again recently in UP Hiwaga. You were such a presence on stage! But My favorite memory was seeing you be a father to Heaven & supporting Jaya. Jamir.. 🙏🏻 Rest in Paradise..— Chynna Ortaleza (@ChynsOrtaleza) November 26, 2020
Slapshock, together with their sibling bands Greyhoundz and Cheese (now Queso), drew me -- a hip-hop/R&B faithful -- to the high-octane world of rap metal back in college. Rest in peace Jamir Garcia, who should top-bill the Mount Rushmore of Philippine rap metal. #RipJamir— Dino Maragay (@dino_mars) November 26, 2020
This is a very sad day for our local music scene.— B r i s o m (@Brisomph) November 26, 2020
Rest in peace to one of our musical heroes, Jamir Garcia of Slapshock.
We are humbly asking everyone to stop sharing his photo, have some decency and respect to his family.
💔🖤— Raymund Marasigan (@raymsmercygun) November 26, 2020
Slapshock also changed its Twitter profile picture to black to mourn Jamir's untimely passing.
Slapshock was formed in 1997 and became known for their songs such as "Agent Orange," "Langit," "Anino Mo," and more.
The band is one of the pioneers in popularizing the new metal genre in the Philippines.
Rest in peace, Jamir.