The legendary Rock and Roll artist Joseph William Feliciano Smith also known for his alias “Pepe Smith” had passed away this morning.
The news was confirmed by several relatives of Smith, including his daughter Daisy Smith-Owen.
“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 a few days. I love you to the moon and back.” Daisy Smith Owen said in her post.
The official page of Pepe Smith’s band, Juan Dela Cruz also expressed their sadness on the loss of their band member.
“Ang himig natin ang ipapabaon namin sa iyong paglalakbay. Padayon, Pepe Smith Official ? Hanggang sa muling pagkikita sa rock n’ roll heaven… salamat….” the band stated on Facebook.
The family of Smith is not yet disclosing the reason for the loss of the legendary artist.
Smith is regarded as one of the original Filipino rock music or “Pinoy rock”.
He’s known for writing many iconic Filipino rock songs, including Juan Dela Cruz’ most classical song “Himig Natin”.
Two years ago, Pepe Smith has been hospitalized after suffering stroke, a sign that the legendary artist is already health problems because of old age.
He also faced challenges last year when his manager, Mark De Leon allegedly didn’t pay Smith for the “Pepe Smith Rockfest”.
Despite the challenges, Smith supporters defended their idol on social media and didn’t believe De Leon’s alibi.