Rico Yan

Rico Yan


Sandy Ghaz


December 22, 2021



Personal Background of Rico Yan & His Showbiz Career

RICO YAN – Here are some details about the personal background, showbiz career, and death of the late actor.

One of the most popular actors in the Philippine showbiz industry is former matinee idol Rico Yan. However, his showbiz career was cut short by his unexpected death.

Rico Yan Personal Background

Born on March 14, 1975 in Mandaluyong, Rico Yan’s real name is Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan. He is one of the four children of Roberto Yan Sr. and Marianne Castro-Yan. He is the grandson of former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Manuel Yan. He has two (2) sisters, Geraldine and Tina, and a brother, Bobby.

Rico Yan Showbiz Career

Rico was 20 years old when he entered showbiz. Then, he was a student from De La Salle University when he started doing commercials like the advertisement for Master Facial Cleanser. Not long after, he became one of the members of the Star Circle 1. He rose to popularity and did several hit projects with his loveteam partner and former girlfriend, Claudine Barretto. They worked together on several projects but their most popular acting stint was the movie

Got 2 Believe.

Rico Yan-Claudine Barretto

Claudine Barretto

and Rico Yan became real-life lovers. They were in a relationship for four (4) years but there were speculations that they broke up before the actor passed away.

Rico Yan Death

Unexpectedly, Rico died last March 29, 2002. He was in a vacation at Dos Palmas Resort in Palawan when he was found dead by his friends. At the age of 27 years old, the actor died of cardiac arrest due to acute hemorraghic pancreatitis.


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