Talent manager Wyngard Tracy dies; his last wish was for mourners to party, not hold a wake

Talent manager Wyngard Tracy died earlier today, November 16, after suffering a stroke three weeks ago.


Talent manager Wyngard Tracy passed away early this morning, at around 3:45 a.m., November 16.

Wyngard is the manager of Richard Gomez, Lucy Torres, Wendell Ramos, John Estrada, and Priscilla Meirelles—all of whom were former talents of Douglas Quijano who died last year.

Wyngard was rushed to the Makati Medical Center on October 20. Reports said he suffered his third stroke. The following day, October 21, he underwent an operation to remove the blood clot in his brain.

Months earlier, in July, Wyngard underwent a heart surgery after he was rushed to the hospital following a heart attack.

Wyngard started his career in showbiz as a production assistant in the 1970s. He became a DJ of the first pop radio station in the FM band, DWWK.

Soon after, he was tapped to manage the roster of talents in Vicor Entertainment Corporation. His first talent was Basil Valdez. Other talents he managed in Vicor include Pinky de Leon, Leah Navarro, and Maricris Bermont.

After two years, Wyngard set up his own talent management agency, ArtistStation, where he managed artists like Pilita Corrales, Maricel Soriano, Aiko Melendez, Jaya, Side A, Freestyle, Martin Nievera, Arnel Ignacio, Hans Montenegro, and Willie Revillame.

LIKE A STRICT PARENT. In his 30-plus years as a talent manager, Wyngard was known as a strict disciplinarian and a workaholic. He was also known for his good heart.

In an interview with Manila Bulletin in 2005, he said talent management was like "parenthood."

"Para kang tatay. Managing is serious business because you are not only handling careers but to a certain extent, the lives of your talents," he said.

He also played it honest with the public and the press.

"My policy is this: I would protect you but not to the extent na magsisinungaling ako," he explained.

"Sinasabi ko sa mga artista ko, 'Sorry ka kung may ginawa ka talagang kalokohan, di kita pagtatakpan. I won't deny it to press people. Siguro I'll just say, 'Wag na lang natin pag-usapan or off-the-record na lang.'

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"Madalas kasi, the press knows the truth already. Pag dineny ko, I'd be insulting their intelligence. That's why I tell my talents, 'Wag kayong magkakamali. Be careful. You better behave.'"

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. When asked what he still wanted to accomplish, Wyngard said he wanted to manage retired talents.

"I want to manage veteran actors. Madami diyan na magagaling, pero walang trabaho kasi walang materials for them. Dito lang sa Pilipinas 'yan nangyayari. 'Ba't wala kang trabaho?' 'Kasi matanda na ako.' But in truth, they have become better with time," he said.

Tracy was also a frustrated singer. In some way, he worked out this frustration when he became a contestant in the first season of Celebrity Duets, a singing contest featuring celebrities that was hosted by Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez.

PARTY, YES; WAKE, NO. Before his death, Wyngard specifically requested that there be no wake for him. Instead, he said he wanted his family and friends to have a party.

The memorial mass for the talent manager will be at 5:00 p.m. today at La Salle Greenhills Chapel.

The "party"— as he wished—will be held on Thursday, November 18.


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