Crazy Rich Asians actor Nico Santos announced on Instagram on Monday (Mar 30) that his stepfather – who had contracted the coronavirus – has died.
Santos, who also stars in the TV comedy Superstore, shared a photo of his stepfather and mother, writing in the caption: “My Tito Sonny passed away yesterday after losing his battle with COVID-19.”
“He was a kind, caring man. Friendly to a fault. He always greeted strangers walking past him with a chipper ‘Good Morning!’ and a big smile. He had a great laugh that filled the room with joy,” he continued.
According to his post, his mother is also battling COVID-19 but does not require hospitalisation at the moment.
He added: “The loss of my stepfather is devastating but what has gutted me is that this pandemic has kept my family apart. We were unable to be with him during his last days. I can’t hold my mother as she mourns her husband. I can’t hug my brother as he contemplates a world without his father. I can’t wipe away the tears from my nephews’ eyes as they wonder why their Lolo Sonny isn’t here anymore.”
Santos’ post drew condolences from fellow celebrities, who offered their support.
His fellow Crazy Rich Asians co-star Gemma Chan wrote: “Oh Nico. I’m so sorry for your and your family’s loss. Your mom is in my thoughts, I hope she makes a speedy recovery. Sending all my love to you.”
Comedian Ken Jeong, who also appeared in the film, commented: “So sorry for your loss, Nico. Your mother and family are in our thoughts and prayers and wishing her a speedy recovery. Sending all our love.”
Other celebrities who sent their condolences included Ming-Na Wen, Randall Park, Chrissy Metz, Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero.