Just days after reaching the highest post in the family empire, Lucio “Bong” Tan, Jr. passed away Monday morning.
The younger Tan, son and namesake of the Filipino taipan “Kapitan” Lucio Tan, died after he collapsed in the middle of a basketball game on Saturday.
“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,” said Vivienne K. Tan.
“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,” she said.
Tan was named president and chief operating officer of PAL Holdings just a few weeks ago. He also reached the pinnacle of his true love, basketball, after he coached the UE Red Warriors men’s basketball team for UAAP Season 82.
He is said to have died of brain herniation.
Bilyonaryo Lucio Tan was seen at the Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital in Greenhills where Bong expired.
“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 your prayers for the eternal repose of his soul. Wake details will be announced soon,” said the eldest daughter of the airline, tobacco and beer magnate.