Vladimir “Jamir” A. Garcia was found lifeless by his aunt Suzeth Manlapaz inside the bathroom in their house in Barangay Sangandaan, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines at around 9:20 a.m. on November 26, 2020. He hanged himself with a blanket tied in the steel window.
Manlapaz immediately asked the help of Garcia’s live-in partner Sojina-Jaya Crisostomo. They untied him and rushed him the Metro North Medical Center and Hospital in Quezon City, where he was pronounced dead on arrival at around 10:20 a.m.
Members of Garcia’s family were convinced that he committed suicide. His sister Cheloana Garcia has executed a written waiver that manifested that the family was no longer interested in conducting further investigation.
Born in Pampanga, Philippines, Garcia turned 42 on September 5, 2020. He was the frontman of Slapshock, a Filipino heavy metal band formed by several students at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on February 14, 1997.
The original members were bassist Lee Nadela, lead guitarist Lean Ansing, drummer Chi Evora, rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist Jerry Basco and lead vocalist Reynold Munsayac. In 1999, they released their debut album titled “4th Degree Burn.”
Later on, Munsayac left the band and was replaced by Garcia. Basco and Garcia are cousins.
In 2011, PolyEast Records released Slapshock’s seventh studio album titled “Kinse Kalibre.” It is the band’s most recent album.
On May 16, 2020, Slapshock released a song titled “Sana Pag Gising.” Only Garcia, Ansing and Evora participated in the recording of the song marking the first time the band released a song without Nadela playing bass and Basco playing the guitar.
“They committed the grave mistake of withdrawing band royalties from our account in Tunecore without our permission,” Nadela told The Daily Tribune in October 2020. “Royalty money is a sensitive issue for artists. It is a basic right and every band member is entitled to receive it.”
“Jamir, Lean and Chi admitted to me and Jerry that they took and withdrew the royalties all for themselves,” Nadela continued. “To add insult to injury, they reiterated that they were the only ones entitled to it.”
Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Basco filed fraud and qualified theft cases against Garcia, according to the Philippine Star. Then after 23 years, Slapshock disbanded.