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UE coach Bong Tan passes away

UE Red Warriors head coach and PAL Holdings President Lucio "Bong" Tan Jr. passed away Monday morning due to brain herniation.

He was 53.

Tan, who was appointed head of PAL Holdings on October 29, collapsed at a recreational league game at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong on Saturday and was hospitalized.

He was playing for Philippine Airlines against Exile in PinoyLiga when he collapsed on the bench with 2:56 left in the first half of the game. Doctors mentioned that Tan suffered a brain aneurysm on the bench, and had another one while confined in the hospital.

"It is with deep sorrow that I announce the passing of my brother, Lucio 'Bong' Tan, Jr. this morning November 11, 2019. He was 53. His untimely passing leaves a big void in our hearts and our Group's management team which would be very hard to fill," read a statement from Bong's sister, Vivienne Tan, which was released to the media.

"Bong was a son, husband, father, friend and, most importantly, our elder brother whom we all relied on for advice, counsel and leadership. He is survived by his wife Julie and sons Hun hun (Lucio Tan III) and Kyle Tan," it added. "Our sincerest thanks to all who offered prayers and shared words of comfort during this hour of grief. Our family continues to request everyone to respect our wish for privacy as we go through this very difficult time. We ask for prayers for the eternal repose of his souls. Wake details will be announced soon."

A long-time patron of basketball, Tan headed the Tanduay franchise, which joined the PBL, PBA, and the MPBL. He also coached the UE Red Warriors along with active consultant Lawrence Chongson to a 4-10 card in UAAP Season 82.