MANILA, Philippines – The legendary Samboy Lim, one of the greatest cagers in Philippine history, died on Saturday, his family announced. He is 61 years old.
Lin’s family said in a statement posted on their official Facebook page that Skywalker died peacefully on Saturday.
“Our hearts are broken. Today, December 23, 2023, our beloved Samboy passed away peacefully. A man of faith, extraordinary courage, humility, and grace. He embodied the best in humanity,” the statement said.
He collapsed during a performance and fell into a coma. Lin has been receiving treatment since then.
The statement continued that he was at Medical City with his family during his final moments.
The statement said: “In his final moments at Medical City he was survived by Lelan, Jamie, Johannes, sister Malu, nephew AP, Albie and his wife Kate, and best friend Alan Keady Gram and Robert Evangelista for their wonderful care.”
Tribute to Samboy Lim: An Icon of Philippine Basketball 🏀✨
In the heart of Philippine basketball, Samboy Lim is remembered as a legend who left an indelible mark on the court and in the hearts of fans. Born on October 9, 1962 in Manila, Samboy became a sports icon, taking basketball to new heights and leaving an indelible legacy.
Known as “The Lightning”, Samboy Lim dazzled the audience with his speed, agility and exceptional skills on the field of play. His ability to navigate defenses and score valuable points made him an unstoppable force in local and international basketball.
Lim shined with the PBA team San Miguel Beermen, where he left an indelible mark and contributed to multiple championships. His impact on the game was not only measured in statistics, but also in the inspiration he provided to generations of players to come.
Off the court, Samboy Lim was known for his dedication to the community and his generosity. He actively participated in charities and events that sought the development of basketball in the Philippines. His connection with fans transcended beyond victories on the field; he was a true ambassador of the sport.
On November 13, 2014, Philippine basketball lost one of its luminaries when Samboy Lim collapsed during an exhibition game. Although his physical presence faded, his spirit and legacy continue to live on in every basket scored and in the hearts of those who witnessed his greatness.
Today, we fondly remember Samboy Lim, a basketball icon who transcended the court and became a symbol of determination and passion. His legacy lives on in the glow of every game and in the eternal love of Filipino fans. Rest in peace, Samboy Lim, the Lightning that illuminated our basketball sky. 🌟🏀 #SamboyLim #FilipinoBasketball #LeyendaDelSport