German 'Kuya Germs' Moreno passes away at 82

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Veteran television host German "Kuya Germs" Moreno passed away due to cardiac arrest at 3:20 a.m. Friday (January 8). He was 82.

John Nite, Moreno's nephew and Walang Tulugan co-host, said the family rushed Moreno to St. Lukes Medical Center on Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

Nite narrated that his uncle was already in critical condition by then.

Doctors immediately treated him in the intensive care unit.

Moreno was confined at the same hospital January 2, 2015 due to a mild stroke, but Nite said Moreno fought through it and managed to recover and return to work.

The mild stroke limited his mobility and he required the aid of a quad cane to help him walk.

Death of an icon

His immediate family expressed their gratitude to the public who witnessed his 53 years in showbiz.

Moreno, or "Master Showman" to the entertainment world, helped develop the careers of countless celebrities through his long-running show Walang Tulugan With Master Showman and That's Entertainment during the 1980s.

That's Entertainment member and Walang Tulugan With Master Showman co-host Shirley Fuentes shared how much Moreno mattered to her.

"He's more than a father and a mother and a friend to me, tapos kahit kapatid wala naman ako so I'm really really open to him about everything," she said.

Moreno's talents Jale Vargas and Rhen Escaño admitted how much it hurts that their mentor is now gone.

"Actually hindi pa nagsisink-in sa akin kasi actually may taping kami mamaya ng 'Walang Tulugan' so ang hirap, hindi namin alam kung paano," Vargas said.

"At saka masakit lang doon kasi hindi kami nakapagpaalam sa kanya," said Escaño.

[Translation: What hurts most is we weren't able to say our goodbyes to him.]

Nite said Moreno's remains will be brought to the Mount Carmel Parish in Aurora Boulevard for the wake, while his remains will be interred at the Loyola Memorial Park.