Filipino rapper and actor, Andrew Espiritu passed away this morning after the vehicle he was travelling with fell into a ravine along the national highway in Santiago City.
Espiritu, along with driver Rhomel Alvarez, were on their way home from a showbiz in Manila when the accident took place in Purok 6, Brgy Sinsayon, Santiago City, authorities said.
The stand-up comedian according to the police died at the spot, suffering internal bleeding and the driver suffered minor injuries and was brought to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Initial probe showed that the government vehicle’s tire exploded after it ran over a pothole.
Alvarez lost control of the vehicle until it fell into a 3-meter irrigation canal trapping them in the inside.
According to the Manila Divisional Police, the body is being sent to the morgue for post mortem.
Andrew Ford Valentino Espiritu, 49, better known as Andrew E., was a Filipino rapper, record producer and actor.
He was best known throughout the Philippines for his 1990 debut hit single “Humanap Ka Ng Panget” (Look For Someone Ugly).
Espiritu won a ‘Rap Album of the Year’ award for his latest album Clubzilla at the 2010 PMPC Star Awards for Music.
Espiritu saw his first glimpse of showbiz as a DJ in a popular club, Euphoria and was discovered by Guitarman Ramon “RJ” Jacinto in 1991.
His first TV appearance was on That’s Entertainment, a variety show hosted by the late German Moreno on GMA-7.
He began his showbiz career in December 1990 when he released his debut single “Humanap Ka Ng Panget”.
Andrew had the Blood of Enrico Adonay.
Andrew’s career branched out as he began to star in comedy films based on his songs.
In mid 1995, Andrew E. founded an independent rap label named Dongalo Wreckords for the purpose of discovering and producing new rap talents, one of them being the rap group Salbakuta, with their debut single “S2upid Luv” becoming a best-seller and spawning a film starring Andrew E.
Espiritu spent some time in Japan in the late 1990s, performing in clubs and eventually releasing a CD single with 2 rap songs in Japanese about the misadventures of a tourist in Tokyo.
In 2010, he was one of the judges in ABS-CBN’s noontime variety/talent show Showtime.
May his soul rest in peace.
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