Singer-actor Hansen Nichols has passed away after second battle with cancer.
Singer Bugoy Drilon took to social media to deeply mourn the passing of his close friend and fellow artist.
Bugoy and Hansen were batchmates in the second season of ABS-CBN’s singing reality show Pinoy Dream Academy in 2008.
Bugoy shared some photos and videos of him with Hansen in the latter’s final days accompanied by a lengthy, heartfelt message about their friendship on his verified Instagram page last Friday, January 12.
Bugoy’s opening words were, “My core friend, my brother. I love you so much and I am so blessed to have you in my life. You are such a beautiful soul! Our bond is one of a kind – so special, and I wouldn’t change it for the world!”
It continued, “I promise you that I will always be there by your side. You always understand me you always think of people first more than yourself that everyone is always okay.
“You always believed in me since Pinoy Dream Academy. You always believed that I will make it in the journey and career that I choose and that I always do my best,” Bugoy wrote.
Hansen was a cancer survivor when he joined PDA. He successfully battled thyroid cancer, but he was again diagnosed with lung cancer last year.
In Hansen’s videos, he shared his journey on how he bravely fought his illness.
“One of the hardest things I have ever had to go through in my life was fighting stage 4 cancer when I was younger. Unfortunately I have been diagnosed a second time with stage 4 cancer, and it’s not any easier hearing it this time around,” he said in a video.
“I hope by sharing my story I provide insight as to what people like me go through just to fight this dreadful/deadly disease. This may not be an easy fight and I will have my ups and downs both physically and mentally but I hope to inspire you all with my fight and will to conquer this once again.”
Bugoy added, “You fought very well and your hardest and I am so proud of you!!! You did your best to stay with us. You are a great warrior!”
Condolences poured in Bugoy’s post from other showbiz personalities, including Gary Valenciano, Mark Bautista, Arnel Pineda, Gloc 9, and Jed Madela among others.