MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED)– Ryan Santiago, son of actor-singer Randy Santiago and wife Marilou Coronel died on Sunday, August 13. He was 24 years old.
"Our family is deeply saddened to inform you that our nephew Ryan Leonardo Santiago has joined our Lord today, August 13, 2017. We are relieved that his passing was peaceful and painless. Our family and friends will terribly miss his infectious smile, funny jokes and his great fashion style.
"He is survived by his parents Randy and Marilou and brothers Raphael and Raiko. We ask for your prayers for his departed soul and the strength for our family members during this very difficult time. We shall be informing you of urn viewing details soon."
Friends of the couple and Ryan have expressed their condolence through social media.
My heart broke over the passing of Randy and Marilou Santiago's son Ryan. Gone way too soon. Couldn't stop crying when Gary & I prayed. — Angeli P Valenciano (@AngeliPV) August 13, 2017
My condolences go out to Randy and Marilou Santiago in the passing of their son, Ryan. I'm so sorry for you loss. — Paco Arespacochaga (@arespacochaga) August 13, 2017
Words cannot explain the pain I am feeling right now. Rest In Peace, Ryan. I love you so much. — Dani Barretto (@barrettodaniii) August 14, 2017
In an interview with Pep at his son’s wake, Randy said that his family is slowly accepting the death of Ryan.
“Tanggap, pero mahirap… masakit. Lalo na kapag magulang, e.
(We’re slowly accepting it…of course it hurts. Especially since we’re parents.)
"Pero siyempre, ang Panginoon, nandiyan para siguro… Baka may purpose Siya kung bakit he had to leave and he had to go at an early age, dahil siyempre hindi naman siguro patagalin pa yung sickness niya.”
(But of course, God is there…I guess there’s a purpose why he had to leave and he had to go at an early age because I’m sure he did not want to prolonged his condition.)
Randy also said that Ryan would often accompany him to his tours
Ryan's remains were cremated. His memorial services will be from August 14-16 at the La Salle Greenhills Chapel. – Rappler.com