The Philippine sports community is in mourning following the passing of Avelino "Samboy" Lim, a revered icon in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Lim, known for his remarkable career and inspirational presence on the court, died at the age of 61.
His family confirmed his passing in a heartfelt announcement on his official Facebook page on December 23, 2023. "Our hearts are heavy as we share the news of Samboy's peaceful departure today," the family's statement read.
Lim's final moments at the Medical City were surrounded by love and care from his family, including his sister Malou, nephews AP and Alby, and close friends Allan Caidic and Robert Evangelista. Relatives and friends from abroad, including his sister Ate Coy, niece Danielle, and coach Larry Albano, were present via online chat to bid their final farewells.
Lim's Career Halted
Lim's illustrious career was tragically interrupted in 2014 when he fell into a coma after suffering a cardiac arrest during an exhibition game. Over the past nine years, he received dedicated care from a team led by Dr.
Luigi Segundo, along with numerous medical professionals, caregivers, and his supportive family and friends. Throughout his tenure in the PBA, Lim became a celebrated figure, earning nine championship titles, including a prestigious Grand Slam in 1989 with the San Miguel Beermen.
His international triumphs were equally impressive, securing gold at the 1985 FIBA Asia Championship and two more gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games. The family's statement concluded with a request for prayers and a touching tribute: "We ask for your prayers as we entrust Samboy's soul to our Lord.
Heaven has gained an angel just in time for Christmas. We'll forever cherish the love Samboy gave us, free from any more pain or suffering. He will eternally reside in our hearts." Samboy Lim's departure marks the end of an era in Philippine basketball, leaving behind a legacy of sportsmanship, resilience, and an indelible impact on the sport and its fans. His life and career will continue to inspire future generations of athletes and sports enthusiasts alike.