Tributes paid to Slapshock vocalist Jamir Garcia, dead at 42

The frontman of the Filipino heavy metal band has passed away

Jamir Garcia, the frontman of the Filipino heavy metal band Slapshock, has died at the age of 42.

GMA News reported that the vocalist, real name Vladimir Garcia, was found unresponsive at his Quezon City home in the morning today (November 26), police said. He was rushed to Metro North hospital but was declared dead upon arrival.

Though Slapshock have not issued a statement on Garcia’s passing, they have changed their profile image on Twitter to a black square in an apparent gesture of mourning.

NME has reached out to Slapshock for a statement.

Tribune.Net.Ph reported that Garcia had taken his own life, and that his sister “executed a written waiver manifesting that the family was no longer interested in an investigation”.

A police representative told GMA News that the case had been turned over to the Quezon City Police District’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit.

Peers and admirers in the Philippines rock scene have taken to social media to mourn Garcia, some of them urging fans not to circulate graphic photos of Garcia taken today.

See their posts below.

Slapshock were in the headlines in October when bassist Lee Nadela confirmed the band had broken up over allegations of embezzlement and mismanaged royalties, as Philstar reported.

In February, the band revealed that they were writing material for a new album to mark their 23rd anniversary, Bandwagon reported.

Garcia joined Slapshock shortly after their formation in 1997, replacing original vocalist Reynold Munsayac. They debuted in 1999 with the album ‘4th Degree Burn’, which spawned the hit ‘Agent Orange’ and later went Platinum in the Philippines. Their most recent album was 2017’s ‘Atake’.

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