FORMER Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has died at the age of 61.
Aquino served as leader of the Asian country from 2010 to 2016.
What was Benigno Aquino's cause of death?
Relatives told reporters that Aquino died in his sleep on the morning of June 24 due to “renal failure secondary to diabetes.”
Aquino had been undergoing dialysis and was preparing for a kidney transplant.
He was the son of pro-democracy icons who helped topple dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
His father, former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr, was assassinated in 1983 while under military custody.
“We are saddened by President Aquino’s passing and will always be thankful for our partnership,” said US Embassy Charge d’ Affaires John Law in a statement.
The third of five children, Aquino never married and had no children.
An economics graduate, he pursued business opportunities before entering politics.
Time magazine named Aquino as one of 100 most influential people in the world in 2013.
“It is with profound sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of former President Benigno S. Aquino III,” Justice Marvic Leonen, an Aquino appointee to the Supreme Court, said in a statement, according to The New York Times.
“I knew him to be a kind man, driven by his passion to serve the people, diligent in his duties and with an avid and consuming curiosity about new knowledge of the world in general.”
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