Jovit Baldivino, a singer and the first grand champion of the talent search programme "Pilipinas Got Talent," died of an aneurysm on Friday morning, days after his alleged confinement in intensive care. He was 29.
According to an official statement sent by his family through ABS-CBN's MJ Felipe, Baldivino was recovering for a week with hypertension maintenance medications when he was invited to perform at an event by a family friend from Batangas City.
According to his parents and fiancée Camille Ann Miguel, the doctor advised him not to sing during his recovery, but he gave in to the crowd's clamor. He performed three signature songs, including his famous rendition of Journey's "Faithfully." Nonetheless, he was observed gasping for air during the third song.
"After an hour of sitting, his face became disfigured with running salivas. He was brought to the nearest emergency room at Nazareth of Jesus Hospital about 10 p.m. on December 3, 2022. A CT scan revealed a blood clot in the brain (a indication of an aneurysm)," the statement added.
Around 2 a.m., the doctors suctioned 100 cc of blood. The singer was in a coma for five days before passing away at 4 a.m. on Friday, December 9th.
The fiance of Baldivino posted a photo of them on Facebook with a caption. "ASAWA KO (weeping face emoji)," while friend and fellow artist Limuel Llanes urged his followers for prayers and financial assistance for Baldivino on Thursday.
Prior to winning the reality talent competition in 2010, Baldivino used to sell siomai in a market after school to help support his family and pay for his education.
His renditions of "Faithfully" and "Too Much Love Will Kill You" were well-known. His songs "Pusong Bato" and "Ika'y Mahal Pa Rin" gained popularity after being shared on social media.