"Bakit Ako Mahihiya?" singer Didith Reyes found dead

"Medyo na-shock ako kasi napamahal na rin ako sakanya," says Imelda Papin in a phone interview with dzBB about the death ofsinger friend Didith Reyes (in photo). She wasfound dead at her friend's house in Biñan, Laguna this morning, December 10.


Former singer Didith Reyes was found dead this morning,December 10, at her friend's house in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Biñan, Laguna.

Based on the report of GMA News, Didith, or Helen Sta. Mariain real life, claimed three days ago that she was sideswiped by a vehicle,prompting a police investigation into her death.

The police report said that at the time she came to her friend'shouse, she already had bruises on her body. However, she said that the injuries were not serious.

Philippine National Police Region 4-A head ChiefSuperintendent Ricardo Padilla, told dzBB radio that he has alreadydirected the police in Laguna to look into the possible cause of Didith'sdeath.

"Kaninang 5 a.m.natagpuan siyang patay, ni-report sa barangay captain," he stated in theinterview. "I directed already the provincial director and the provincialpolice...to determine the cause ng kanyang pagkamatay."

Didith, who died at the age of 52, was a popular singer in the '70s. She popularized OPM songs,such as "Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi," which was used in the Charito Solis's andChanda Romero's movie with the same title. Her song "Hindi Kami Damong Ligaw" was also used in the 1976 movie ofMarianne dela Riva. Her mostpopular song "Bakit Ako Mahihiya?" was adapted on the silver screen, which hadverteran actors like Lolita Rodriguez, Eddie Rodriguez, and Alma Moreno in thecast.

IMELDA LAMENTS LOSS OF A FRIEND. Radio station dzBB interviewed Didith's close friend, singerImelda Papin. She said that she had achance to tighten her relationship with Didith when she took care of her forabout two years.

"Medyo na-shock ako kasi napamahal na rin ako sa kanya,"said Imelda. "Si Didith, inalagaan ko‘yan for almost two years. Naipasok ko 'yan sa hospital. Medyo kailangan niyayung kalinga at that time."

Imelda also related that depression caused the downfall ofthe career of her fellow singer.

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"Yun ang cause ng kanyang downfall, yung depression, veryemotional na tao," Imelda said.

This was seconded by Didith's other contemporary,Claire dela Fuente, in an earlier interview with dzBB. She said that Didith had been suffering from depression because she was beingperceived as a has-been, which was traumatic for Didith.


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