American R&B singer-songwriter Keith Martin has died at the age of 55.
According to multiple reports, the “Because of You” singer was found dead at his condominium in Quezon City, Philippines on Friday (March 25).
The cause of death is not known at this time, but police reportedly said he may have died a week before his body was discovered, according to reports in the Manila Bulletin.
According to the outlet, police said they found Martin’s body after the building’s property manager complained about a foul smell coming from the sixth floor, leading police to speculate the singer had been dead for a week.
Martin was best known for writing and singing romantic love songs.
Since news of his death, many colleagues and fans have posted tributes to the artist.
“I was surprised to hear that R&B singer Keith Martin passed away,” one fan wrote. “I remember his song ‘Because You Are’ eventually became our ‘national anthem.’ Thank you for the love and joy you bring, may you rest in peace.”
British singer Kyla tweeted: “Shocked and in disbelief. You are missed Keith Martin.”
“Thank you for the inspiration. They will leave a legacy of great music that is timeless and will always be remembered,” she added.
Another fan wrote: “Keith was such a good songwriter. I checked his Spotify and found out he was making songs up until his death. He still sang in bars and concerts, but he was a high-profile performer. His latest songs should have been hits. An underestimated talent in times of conceited influencers.”
EMI Philippines became aware of Martin in 2004, who hired him as an in-house producer in Manila. He wrote and produced songs for artists in the Philippines and Indonesia.
The late singer also collaborated with Kyla on her albums Not your ordinary girl and Lovely days.
Martin’s last public appearance was on March 12 at Daryl Ong and Dea Formilleza’s wedding.
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