Ray-An Fuentes wife, Mei Ling Gozum succumbs to COVID-19 in Canada

Ray An Fuentes

OPM pioneer Ray-An Fuentes and his family are mourning the loss of his wife, Mei-Ling Gozum who passed away from COVID-19 in Canada.

Fuentes rose to fame in the 1970s with his hit song Umagang Kay Ganda with Tillie Moreno.

The song, written by Butch Monserrat in 1975, had English lyrics before being translated to Pilipino by Gryk Ortaleza, Annabelle Lee and Babes Conde.

The song was entered in the 2nd Metro Manila Popular Music Festival (MetroPop), and while it failed to place, has since become a OPM classic, being used as the theme song for the ABS-CBN morning show of the same name.

Fuentes married Gozum, who was a member of The New Minstrels before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1997.

He became a pastor for the Ray-An Fuentes Ministries.

Fuentes and his entire family had tested positive for COVID-19 in early December, with both parents admitted to hospital and placed in the intensive care unit.

Fuentes’ condition had improved, and he was discharged on December 20. His wife remained in the ICU until she passed away.

“We finally just had to release her to the Lord because the other possible reality is brain damage. We didn’t want her to suffer anymore,” Fuentes said in a Facebook post. “I am so heartbroken. This is so painful.”

Fuentes and his children were allowed to visit his wife in the ICU before she passed.

“My sons and daughter sang this at her bedside: You give and take away, You give and take away, My heart will choose to say: Lord, blessed be Your name,” Fuentes shared on Facebook.

Gozum was 68 years old when she passed away on Sunday December 27, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Fuentes and their three children, Daniella, Miguel and Julio.

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