Atty. Bruce Rivera Death: A Staunch Defender and Social Media Influencer has died after battling Aneurysm

Atty. Bruce Rivera, a prominent lawyer, social media influencer, and staunch supporter of the Duterte political clan, passed away on November 19, 2023. His death came as a shock to many, leaving his family, friends, and followers grappling with this sudden loss.

Bruce Rivera was not only known for his legal prowess but also for his influential presence on social media. Born in Argao, Cebu province, he rose to prominence while defending businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who was alleged to be the mastermind behind the infamous pork barrel scam.

Rivera was a proud alumnus of San Beda College of Law, the same institution where former President Rodrigo Duterte completed his legal education. His fierce advocacy and dedication to his profession earned him respect and recognition among his peers.

Rivera’s career was marked by high-profile cases and controversies. His most notable case was the defense of Janet Lim-Napoles. Napoles served her prison term at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City after being found guilty of unlawfully detaining her finance officer, Benhur Luy. She is also charged with plunder as a co-accused in cases involving the pork barrel scam against former senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla.

Despite the challenges and controversies, Rivera remained steadfast in his principles and continued to defend his clients with fervor and conviction.

Rivera’s health took a turn for the worse when he suffered an aneurysm about a year ago. His friend and political vlogger, MJ Quiambao, announced the news of his deteriorating health condition on social media, causing a wave of concern among his followers and well-wishers. He was rushed to the hospital unconscious and unresponsive, eventually slipping into a coma.

Despite these challenges, Rivera showed remarkable resilience. He recovered from the coma and even appeared on a Facebook live stream two months ago, surrounded by friends and in a wheelchair.

Unfortunately, Rivera’s health declined rapidly, leading to his untimely death due to complications from the aneurysm. His niece confirmed the tragic news, stating that he had suffered a stroke and slipped back into a coma before passing away.

News of Atty. Bruce Rivera’s death has sent shockwaves through the legal community and his wide social media following. Tributes and condolences have flooded in, painting a picture of a man who was deeply respected and admired for his courage, conviction, and dedication to his profession. His untimely death is indeed a significant loss to the legal fraternity and his followers.

His life and career serve as a testament to his indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment to justice. As we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his contributions and remember the legacy he leaves behind.

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