Expressions of appreciation for a human being who was as warm and engaging, as he was humorous and driven to succeed, filled the air at the home going ceremony held for Ricardo Drue, on Tuesday. The entertainer who was engaged to be married to fellow Soca entertainer, Patrice Roberts, passed away on December 12th, 2023. He was just 38-years-old.
Fans, friends and loved ones who attended the ceremony, held at the Holy Family Cathedral, whether in person or via the online streaming option, heard a tremendous outpouring of tributary expressions by people near and dear to the father of five. His children – four boys and his baby girl, 7-year-old Lily, stood watch, visibly saddened and pensive, throughout the service. Entertainers, Skinny Fabulous, Teddyson John, Preedy, Destra Garcia, King Bubba, Claudette Peters among others, stood steadily in support of Drue’s family and those he loved.
His fiancé, Patrice Roberts held up by the support of those around her, was visibly shaken toward the end of the ceremony, when an unreleased song, penned by the artiste in 2016, was played as a final church offering. The lyrics, “I am awake. I am awake. I am awake…. Don’t make no mistake. When ah dead and gone, not a tear in yuh eye – I doh wah yuh cry for me….” would prove too much for many who listened and looked on, broken to see his words manifest some seven years later.