UE Red Warriors hold hands in prayer as coach-backer Bong Tan passes away
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 11, 2019 12:25 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
University of the East head coach Lucio "Bong" Tan Jr. has passed away, Monday.
The 53-year-old passed away just two days after collapsing while playing a basketball game in Mandaluyong City.
In the UAAP 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Tan took the reins as head coach of the Red Warriors while Lawrence Chongson served as his active consultant.
Long before this, however, the son of Lucio Tan Sr. has been the main backer of the Recto-based squad.
Tan was also key in Tanduay's contention in the professional ranks - in the PBL, the PBA, and now, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.
Tan's sister Vivienne released this statement:
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. 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. 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.