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PBA legend Samboy Lim dies at 61

By Brooke Villanueva Published Dec 23, 2023 11:07 pm Updated Dec 24, 2023 10:29 am

Avelino “Samboy” Lim Jr. has passed away. He was 61 years old.

His family announced his death on his official Facebook page. “Our hearts are broken. Today, December 23, 2023, our dearly beloved Samboy passed away peacefully,” they began their statement, calling Samboy a “man of faith” with “exceptional courage, humility and grace.”

“During his final moments at the Medical City, he was tenderly cared for by Lelen, Jamie, Johannes, sister Malou, nephews AP, Alby & wife Kates, best friends: Allan Caidic & Robert Evangelista,” they said.

According to his relatives, his loved ones abroad were also able to say goodbye to him before he breathed his last.

His family asked the public to play for Samboy. “He needs our prayers as we commend his soul to the loving arms of our Lord God.”

“Heaven gained an angel just in time for Christmas,” they said.

“We love you Samboy, thank you for loving all of us unconditionally. No more pain nor suffering! Goodbye for now. You will be in our hearts forever,” they concluded.

A Philippine Basketball Association legend, Samboy was known for his flashy yet daring plays on court, sustaining multiple injuries over the course of his career.

In November 2014, he collapsed after an exhibition game in Pasig City and fell into a coma. He regained consciousness in January 2015 and received treatment in the years that followed.