TV host-rapper Francis Magalona passed away earlier today, March 6, after a long battle with leukemia. Click HERE to view PEP's tribute to the the Master Rapper Francis Magalona.

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Francis Magalona, acknowledged as the Philippine's Master Rapper, died earlier today, March 6, after nearly seven months of battle with leukemia.

Francis's death was announced on national television by Vic Sotto in Eat Bulaga! a few minutes after 12:00 n.n. Before his treatment, Francis used to co-host the longest-running noontime show being aired on GMA-7.

A few minutes after his death was announced, QC vice mayor Herbert Bautista, Michael V, and Ogie Alcasid were spotted at Medical City in Pasig City.

His remains lie in state at the Funeraria Paz in Araneta Avenue, Quezon City. The family requested for privacy. They also asked that instead of flowers and mass cards, cash and blood donations to Philippine Red Cross will be greatly appreciated.

Tomorrow, his remains will be brought to Christ The King Memorial Chapel in Greenmeadows, Quezon City, where the fans can already see their idol for the last time.

Francis was 44.

Click HERE to view PEP's tribute to Francis Magalona

Click HERE to view PEP's tribute to the the Master Rapper Francis Magalona.