On Sunday, June 20 at 6:16 p.m. Randolph “Randy” Bassig Maguigad died due to blunt trauma to the chest at the Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago.
He was found unconscious mid-afternoon on Saturday, June 19th pinned between his vehicle and an electrical post in the back alley of his home by his neighbors. His lungs were severely damaged and had blocked oxygen to his brain causing severe brain damage. Upon arrival of paramedics, he was recessitated and immediately brought to the emergency room and later held in the intensive care Unit at the Illinois Masonic Hospital assisted by life support. Through the night, Randy’s vital organ’s began shutting down caused by the trauma with his heart compensating for the loss – he was a fighter. On Sunday afternoon, the decision to remove him from life support was made. His heart continued to pulse for about an hour until he finally passed.
He is survived by both his parents Romeo Sr. & Celia Maguigad, his two brothers Romeo Jr and Ralph. His memory and legacy also continues through his girlfriend Theresa Alanis and through his work through various community groups including the BAGWIS Collective and the Committee on Pilino Issues.
Wake services will be at the Hollerbach Funeral Home on 4024 N. Elson Ave. (north of Irving Park Rd) from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday June 24th. The family is also asking for Food Donations during the viewing services. Guests are also invited to bring their own printed image of Randy to share on a display during the services.
The Funeral will take place at the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 3834 North Spaulding Avenue (near Byron St.) on Friday, June 25th at 10 a.m.
Monetary donations can be made to support the family by making checks made out to Celia & Romeo Maguigad.
Randy was a poet, lyricist, Hip-Hop Artist, a community activist, a mentor and an inspiration to many people. He was widely known for being one of the lead vocalists for the Chicago-based music group and collective BAGWIS. His music and performance moved the public and for those that knew him personally, understood that it was his compassion, spirit, selflessness, curiosity, charm and beautiful heart that made him loved by us all. His love for music was powerful – believing that it could change the world. His latest project this summer was to organize an on-going open mic series for youth and artists in the Northwest side of Chicago – these open-mic nights will continue in his honor.
He facilitated community educational workshops for youth across the city of Chicago on identity, culture, community violence, Hip Hop and more for not just CPI and the Bagwis Collective but for other community arts organizations including Video Machete, Pintig Culutral Group, the Center Immigrant Rights and Community Arts and more. He was studying to become a Nurse at both Malcolm X and Wright College in Chicago.
For more information, please contact Demetrio P. Maguigad Jr. by calling 312-203-0562 or contact Theresa Alanis at 773-288-9120