The Lanao del Norte native was diagnosed with Liver Cancer last April and passed away four months after at the age of 43. Prior to dying, he had 2 final wishes: to marry Jen, his girlfriend, which he did while he was bedridden; and re-establish a baseball program in his Alma Mater De La Salle Academy in Iligan. During his wake, instead of flowers, guests who came to condole with the family gave donations to help make Ricky's last wish come true.
Fellow animator Raymond Aguilar added, "He made life wonderful. It's sad to say that it's a fact of life that we only know who cares for us when we pass away. And Ricky, this number of people, it's nothing compared to what he is."
Former boss and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane had a note to Manginsay read: "Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us. You are missed."
The animator's eldest son, Wes Manginsay, also talked about his father's impact in his life.
"Seeing how many people talked about their stories about how they know my dad, and how much they appreciated what he's done for them, I'm really inspired. I really wanna be like him," said Wes.
Manginsay's friends say he was also a supporter of programs for Fiipino-American youths and he always volunteered in events organized by his La Salle friends.
"He actually teaches kids how to draw. Ricky's willingness to do it, without pay, sacrificing his time and talent, that's a big thing," said one of his friends, John Mina.
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