Celebrated Filipina singer and artist Claire dela Fuente passed away Tuesday (March 30) after battling against complications of COVID-19. She was 63 years old.

In an interview with GMA News, Gigo de Guzman, dela Fuente’s son, said he and his mother were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. While he was asymptomatic, dela Fuente showed mild symptoms of the condition.

“She was diagnosed last week along with myself but I’m asymptomatic while she showed mild symptoms, which is why she was recommended to go to the hospital and to be monitored,” de Guzman said.

Prior to her COVID-19 diagnosis, de Guzman shared that his mother has already been battling hypertension and anxiety, which he says ‘got the best of her.’

“Everything seemed fine and she seemed OK until last night when her anxiety got the best of her. We were told that her heart gave in this morning and they tried to revive her but there was nothing they could do,” he disclosed. 

According to him, they visited two hospitals but the accommodation was limited, which means they had to wait until a spot became available. 

“Actually, she wasn’t confined completely. She was actually staying in a tent outside Las Piñas Doctors Hospital waiting to be admitted,” de Guzman said.

“Doon po siya naka-stay. It wasn’t until yesterday that she was transferred to Pope John Paul II hospital in Las Piñas as well. In the ER of that hospital, that’s where she passed away,” he continued. 

No physical wake will be organized for dela Fuente, de Guzman confirmed. However, he’s planning to organize a virtual one for fans and those who admired his mother. 

Dela Fuente rose to instant stardom in the 1970s after the release of her song “Sayang,” which propelled her to icon status as a ‘Jukebox Queen.’

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