Samboy 'The Skywalker' Lim passes away at 61

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Samboy 'The Skywalker' Lim passes away at 61
Samboy Lim
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(Updated, 10:32 p.m.) MANILA, Philippines — The iconic Samboy Lim, one of the greatest Filipino cagers ever, died on Saturday, his family announced. He was 61. 

In a statement posted on his official Facebook page, Lim’s family said “The Skywalker” passed away peacefully on Saturday. 

“Our hearts are broken. Today, December 23, 2023, our dearly beloved Samboy passed away peacefully. A man of Faith, exceptional courage, humility and grace. He embodied the very best of humanity,” the statement read. 

Lim, in 2014, was brought to the hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. 

This he collapsed during an exhibition game and fell into a coma. 

Since then, Lim has been receiving treatment. 

He was with his family at the Medical City in the final moments of his life, the statement added. 

“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,” it said.

Several other loved ones were also able to say goodbye to him through online messages.

Lim, known for his come-what-may, acrobatic type of play, was a multi-titled basketball player. He won multiple championships with the San Miguel Beermen, and is one of the PBA’s 25 and 40 Greatest Players. 

He was inducted to the PBA Hall of Fame in 2009.

"Please pray for Samboy. He needs our prayers as we commend his soul to the loving arms of our Lord God. Please have mercy on Samboy and grant him everlasting peace. Amen," the statement added. 

"Heaven gained an angel just in time for Christmas. 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."

Lim is survived by his former wife Darlene Berberabe and their daughter, Southeast Asian Games gold medalist karateka Jamie.

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