Sydney, 7 December 2011 – Roseo Rosales Sr. father of RJ Rosales, reported as passing away last Monday, has spoken exclusively for the first time to this writer.
There was a big number of views on the news posted in the Ang Kalatas (AK) website about his son. It garnered more than 14,000 views since it was posted yesterday. Hence we felt compelled to obtain an official statement to find out the truth. He said that he had not spoken to the media nor issued any statements on their family’s behalf.
He added that his family was still waiting for the official Coroner’s report which would not be available for quite a while. But he was willing to talk to this writer briefly to which we’re very grateful for.
Mr Roseo Sr. confirmed his second child Roseo Jose Rosales or RJ, a musical performer, singer and actor was “gone.” He was found dead around 9:30 am, Monday 5th December, according to his father. He wouldn’t elaborate or add any more details about it.
The father of four has given Ang Kalatas his consent to announce the following schedule for RJ’s wake and interment services:
Friday, 9th December 2011- 6- 9 pm , viewing of his body at Guardian Funeral Homes in Sunnyholt Road, Blacktown
Saturday, 10th December 2011- 10:30 am Mass at Blessed John XXIII Parish Church in Stanhope Gardens, after which RJ’s body will be laid to rest at the Pine Grove Memorial Park in Kingston St., Minchinbury.
He appeals to fans, supporters and friends of the family to refrain from speculating about the cause of their son’s demise until they have received the Coroner’s report.
RJ was the second child among three more siblings, with the eldest the only girl and two other boys. This writer was invited to their family home by a long time friend, Sennie Masian who knew RJ from the Paligsahan ng Talino (Talent Contest) which she organised many years ago when he was younger. “Even then, Ms Masian said, RJ showed a lot of promise as a great performer,” adding she herself was still ” in denial” about his passing. She was there with her group for a prayer vigil for RJ. Supporters and family friends gathered there to celebrate the life of a well loved member building a mini shrine in their lounge room filling it with photos of RJ from his younger days to his showbiz stint. ( As we respect the family’s privacy in their bereavement, there was no need to take photos at this time.)
Ang Kalatas joins the Philippine Australian community in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family of RJ.
He will sorely be missed, a talented and hardworking artist, an asset to the community! Our condolences on behalf of Ang Kalatas! We shall continue to respect the family’s privacy and refrain from accepting any stories related to his passing unless it has been confirmed by the family.