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South Border’s Dylan Durias dies of heart failure in Los Angeles

South Border’s keyboard player Dylan Durias. Image © Dylan Duria FB page

THE former South Border keyboard player who also had a beautiful voice has died from an apparent heart attack last Monday shortly after having a meal in a restaurant in Los Angeles.

Durias was with other two friends shortly after lunchtime when they went to a Filipino restaurant near the corner of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard to have a snack.

Among the plates the trio ordered were “goto” (porridge) and “tokwa’t baboy.”
Durias’ friends said they did not notice anything unusual with the musician while they were eating.

“We were even sharing our plates with one another,” recalled one of Durias’ friends.
However, after they finished their meals, Durias suddenly felt an excruciating pain on his belly as he was about to leave the table. He returned to his seat clutching his belly and asked his friends to call 911.

The responders came within five minutes after the call but Durias has passed out by that time.

The paramedics applied first aid to Durias and rushed him to a hospital.

Hours later, one of the two Durias’ friends got a call from the hospital informing him that Durias was in a very critical condition. The said friend connected the hospital staff with Durias’ family who live in Seattle, Washington.

Durias also lived in Seattle and was recently in Los Angeles performing with an array of musicians that included his former South Border band mates.

The group did a Christmas concert at the Envision Center which was promoted by DJ Aljess whom they met many years ago when the South Border was still an upcoming band. (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2017/12/27/south-border-originals-in-los-angeles-reunion-concert/)

The musician was last seen by this author performing at the birthday party early this month for the husband of LA-based rock n’ roll singer Malou Toler.

Durias was exuberantly applauded by the crowd when he sang the South Border hit song “Kahit Kailan” and as well as his version of America’s “All My Life.”

Clarificatory Updates as of January 18, 2017:

Ric Junasa, the handler of Dylan Durias, has issued the following clarifications (through his wife Minnie) regarding the said musician who passed away last Monday:

  • the Los Angeles Department Medical Examiner has not yet issued a declaration that Dylan Durias has died due to a heart attack; and that any information that went public about the musician’s cause of death did not come from them.
  • Dylan Durias was the brother of Jay Durias of the famous band South Border.
  • While Dylan has performed with the South Border as an alternate to Jay (the brothers had an identical voice register and body built) it was actually his brother Jay who was officially connected with the band.
  • the current members of the South Border and its management consider Dylan as “family.”

Beyond Deadlines apologizes to our readers and the bereaved family of Dylan Durias for any confusion the story may have caused. We also would like to extended our condolence to the Durias family and the members and supporters of the former South Border band.

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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