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    PNoy's cause of death

    MANILA, Philippines – Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, passed away on Thursday, June 24.

    Former president Benigno Aquino III passes away at the age of 61
    Former president Benigno Aquino III passes away at the age of 61

    The fifteenth president of the Philippines, succumbed to his death at the age of 61, as confirmed by a family member of the Aquinos.

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    He was initially rushed to the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City on Thursday morning. Former Cabinet Secretaries of former President PNoy, including Mar Roxas and Rene Almendras were reportedly spotted in the hospital prior to PNoy's death.

    The Aquino family issued an official statement on Thursday afternoon. According to them, the death certificate stated that he was pronounced dead at 6:30 am and the cause of death was renal disease secondary to diabetes. PNoy died peacefully in his sleep.

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    The camp of the former President has been hushing claims that he has been facing several serious health issues, most of it related to his smoking habits. PNoy has allegedly been undergoing dialysis three times a week and fighting high sugar levels. There were also unconfirmed rumors that PNoy allegedly passed away due to stage 4 lung cancer.

    Early last year, Aquino’s former spokesperson Abigail Valte belied claims of his failing health. She clarified that the stories surrounding the former chief executive's health were mere exaggerations.

    "Reports of his ill-health are greatly exaggerated and mostly have no basis in truth," Valte said.

    She also denied that PNoy underwent an operation and was diagnosed with acute kidney failure. In December 2020, he was reported to have undergone a "scheduled check-up and a routine procedure" at the Makati Medical Center, but did not disclose the specific procedure.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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