Composer Bodjie Dasig Succumbs to Cancer 3 Months After Diagnosis

Photo courtesy of Edith Montelibano

The music industry mourns the untimely death of prolific composer D. Darius Albert Dasig, popularly known as Bodjie Dasig, who succumbed to cancer at a local hospital in Southern California on March 12, 2012, 10:48PM PST (Tuesday, March 13, 01:48PM Philippine Time).

According to a statement sent to MYXph by Executive Director of Creative Concepts International Edith Montelibano, singer-songwriter-composer Odette Quesada, wife of Dasig, said that the composer has been diagnosed with ôstage 4ö renal cell carcinoma on December 27, less than 3 months prior to his passing.

Renal cell carcinoma is a type of kidney cancer which initially affects the lining of very small tubes in the kidney. Said Quesada, the cancer mass was found in his right kidney and lungs at the time of diagnosis, it quickly spread to his adrenal glands, and two weeks prior to his death, the cancer had already reached his liver and brain. Quesada was at her husbandÆs bedside when he lost his almost 3-month battle with cancer at the age of 48.
Dasig is survived by Odette Quesada, his wife of 19 years, and their teen-age son, Darian Dasig.

Dasig with wife Odette Quesada (Courtesy of Edith Montelibano)

Bodjie Dasig is a great loss to the music industry. He is best remembered for hit OPM compositions ôAle (Nasa Langit Na Ba Ako)ö sung by singer Richard Reynoso and ôSana Dalawa Ang Puso Koö recorded with his band BodjieÆs Law of Gravity, which reaped the Record of the Year, Best Ballad and Best Performance by a Group at the Awit Awards in 1993.
He married the equally prolific singer-songwriter Odette Quesada in 1993, who wrote timeless hits ôGive Me a Chanceö (Ric Segretto), ôTill I Met Youö (Kuh Ledesma), ôI Need You Backö and ôFarewellö (Raymond Lauchengco), and her very own ôFriend of Mine.ö

A memorial celebration honoring the life and music of Bodjie Dasig is being planned in the Los Angeles area by Odette Quesada and close friends. Details to be announced as soon as available. Inquiries may be directed via email to or