Jun "Khalid" Cadena, the father of the late Filipino Youtuber Lloyd Cadena, recounted the confusing moment when he first heard the news of his son's death in a new vlog.
Jun works as an OFW in the Middle East. While he was on duty, his daughter Suzette, who lives in Dubai, called him to deliver the news.
"She told me, 'Papa, wala na si Lloyd.' Parang nawalan ako ng lakas nung sinabi ng anak ko sa Dubai, 'Papa wala na si Lloyd,'" Jun shared in the video, which was uploaded last Saturday, September 5,
He continued, "Nagulat ako na hindi ko maintindihan. Maybe two to three minutes or more, tulala ako. Napakasakit. Ang hirap tanggapin. Ang hirap tanggapin ng isang ama na mawalan ka ng anak. Sobrang hirap."
Jun also opened up about the difficult things they went through as a family.
"Ginapang namin sila ng kanilang ina mula pa sila sa hirap. Kahit paano nakakain sila ng tatlong beses sa isang araw. 'Di bale kaming magulang na hindi kumakain para lang sa mga anak. Ako sanay na ako sa walang kain-kain, makita ko lang mga anak ko na hindi nagugutom," he said.
Jun asked for privacy. "Mga kabayan, huwag na kayo magtanong kung anong dahilan ng pagkamatay ni Lloyd," he said. "Manood na lang kayo ng YouTube, balita, mga news. Igalang niyo na lang yung privacy ng pamilya."
The heartbroken father then dedicated an emotional message for his departed son.
"Lloyd kung nasaan ka man ngayon, nawa’y masaya ka na. Nawa’y gabayan mo kami ng iyong mama at mga kapatid na makayanan namin ang mga pagsubok sa buhay. Nawa’y maka-move on kami," he said.
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Lloyd passed away last Friday, September 4 after suffering from a heart attack in his sleep. The Cadena family has confirmed that he tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) prior to his death.
There are simply no words to express our heartfelt thanks for the prayers and sympathy you have extended to our family... Posted by Lloyd Cafe Cadena on Sunday, September 6, 2020
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