Just nine months after being introduced to the public as a Hashtags member, Franco Hernandez became involved in a fatal accident that led to his death.
On November 11, Franco was on vacation in Davao Occidental. He and his friends were riding a motorized banca when he fell into the water.
He was 26 years old when he died of drowning.
The new members of Hashtags were just launched in February 2017 as the second batch of kilig ambassadors.
They perform regularly in ABS-CBN's noontime show It's Showtime.
Aside from Franco, the new members were Bugoy Cariño, Wilbert Ross, Maru Delgado, CK Kieron, Kid Yambao, Rayt Carreon, and Vitto Marquez.
A look back on this interview of Franco Hernandez will break your heart:
When the Hashtags appeared as guests in the August 16 episode of Magandang Buhay, they candidly talked about being a newly formed group.
Host Melai Cantiveros asked Franco: "Maituturing niyo ba na kaibigan niyo na ang isa't isa?
Franco answered, "Since 6 months pa lang kami.
"Every day kami magkasama so we get to know a lot about each other every day.
"I think it's gonna take longer since matagal pa naman kami magkakasama.
"I think it's gonna take years for us to be as bonded."
"But we're on our way there."
Melai commented, "So, that's what you think."
It is heartwrenching to know that Franco envisioned himself staying with the Hashtags for the next few years.
HASHTAGS UNCOVERED. The latest media interview of Franco took place last October 26 at the ABS-CBN compound for the launch of seven digital shows.
One of these was Hashtags Uncovered which would feature the lives of the Hashtags members off-cam.
During the general press con, Franco disclosed that their lessons on dancing would take around one to three minutes, depending on the length of the song.
Host MJ Felipe asked the boys to name their dancing idols.
Keith answered, "Ako po si Franco.
"Si Franco po yung pinakamagaling sa amin sumayaw sa totoo lang po."
All the other members nodded in agreement.
CK added, "Kumbaga siya yung Zeus Collins namin."
Zeus is a member of the first batch of Hashtags.