Ricky Rivero (GMA Network photo courtesy)

Actor-director Ricky Rivero, aged 51, has passed away.

This was announced by his partner on Sunday, July 16.

“Rest now, my love. You won’t feel any pain anymore. Thanks for a year of being together, a year of arguments, a year of happiness. Thank you so much for everything. I love you very much,” wrote Rivero’s partner using his Facebook account.

The cause of death has not been disclosed, but Rivero had suffered a stroke in May.

Rivero, a former member of That’s Entertainment, was a familiar face on television shows and movies since the 1990s. In 2002, he ventured into directing and served as a unit director for his last project at ABS-CBN, “Forevermore.”

This year, Rivero made his directorial debut in the comedy film “D’ Aswang Slayerz,” starring Mel Martinez.