A member of ABS CBN It’s Showtime boy group Hashtags drowned in Davao Occidental on Saturday afternoon. Franco Hernandez’s death was confirmed by ABS-CBN News’ MJ Felipe via his talent agency, Cornerstone Entertainment. Police said that Hernandez, 26, was on his way back to North Lamidan, Don Marcelino town together with his girlfriend and another member of Hashtags when a strong wave hit their motorized banca causing him and his girlfriend to fall off.
Heartbreak as death of Hashtags heartthrob shocks fans, celebs
The people operating the banca were able to pull the two back into the boat, but Hernandez was already unconscious.
He was brought to a clinic in Malita town, where he was later on declared dead on arrival.
Tom Doromal, another Hashtags member, was with Hernandez on the boat.
The entire entertainment industry was shocked when they heard that young performer Franco Miguel Hernandez Lumanlan, a.k.a. Franco Hernandez, passed away on November 11, 2017.
According to a report by ABS-CBN’s MJ Felipe, the Hashtags member died in a drowning accident when the “banca” he was riding was hit by a strong wave causing him and his girlfriend, Janica Nam Floresca, to fall off the boat.
He was reportedly pulled back into the vehicle and taken to Estacion Medical Clinic in the neighboring town of Malita to receive treatment but was declared dead on arrival.
The said incident happened during his vacation at Davao Occidental with fellow Hashtags member Tom Doromal.
His closest friends and co-workers in the local showbiz scene expressed their grief on social media, particularly on Twitter and Instagram. One of his closest friends, Benj Manalo, son of GMA comedian Jose Manalo, even uploaded a series of videos dedicated to his dearly departed buddy.
Meanwhile, his “It’s Showtime” family, who were attending the wedding of Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff in New Zealand at the time of the 26-year-old’s death, were also deeply saddened by the news. They offered a moment of silence and prayers for Hernandez during the wedding reception.
Last night, November 13, his remains arrived at Arlington Memorial Chapel in Quezon City, where his wake will be held. The late Hashtags member is set to be cremated on Friday, November 17.
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