Slapshock frontman, Vladimir "Jamir" Garcia, has passed away. He was 42 years old.
The news was confirmed by Quezon City Police District Talipapa Police chief Police Lieutenant Colonel Christine Tabdi to GMA News Online on Thursday afternoon.
According to the Talipapa police report, Jamir was found lifeless inside the comfort room of their Quezon City home a few minutes past nine on Thursday morning, November 26.
Garcia was then rushed to Metro North hospital, but the attending physician declared Jamir's body as dead on arrival.
"'Yun nga nirespondehan ng pulis kasi nireport na may lifeless body pero sa hospital na rin siya nakuwan, tapos dineclare ng doctor na dead on arrival," Tabdi said in a phone interview.
Tabdi said the investigation to determine the cause of Garcia's death was turned over to the QCPD's Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit.
"Sila na 'yung gagawa ng further investigation..." Tabdi said.
Formed in 1997, Slapshock was among the bands that popularized new metal in the Philippines. Among their most popular songs include "Agent Orange," "Ngayon Na," "Langit," "Anino Mo," "Salamin," and "Luha" among others.
On Twitter, Slapshock changed its profile picture to black, a social media signifier to mean grieving.
Pinoy Rock musicians and enthusiasts also expressed their grief over Jamir's untimely passing.
????????— Raymund Marasigan (@raymsmercygun) November 26, 2020
I’m saddened to hear of Jamir’s passing.— MEDS (@MedwinTruefaith) November 26, 2020
Truefaith & Slapshock were labelmates in EMI-Philippines back in the 2000s. #RIPJamir
RIP, Jamir. ????— Paulo Avelino (@mepauloavelino) November 26, 2020
????— Ebe Dancel (@ebedancel) November 26, 2020
— With Anna Felicia Bajo/LA, GMA News
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