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Pacquiao fans suffer heart attacks while watching bout

November 16, 2009 9:54pm

The excitement of watching Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao proved too much for three of his fans, who suffered heart attacks while watching him fight Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

A Davao City policeman died, an 86-year-old Cebu resident had a heart attack and a 55-year-old Bacolod resident had a mild stroke as they watched Pacquiao pummel Cotto in their scheduled 12-round slugfest.

Radio dzBB’s Davao affiliate reported SPO4 Jose Paco, 59, suffered a heart attack while celebrating Pacquiao’s victory over Cotto at a regional mobile police headquarters.

The report quoted Paco’s wife as saying that the police officer had not been feeling well Sunday but forced himself to get up and report to headquarters just to watch the televised bout.


During the celebration of Pacquiao’s victory, Paco fell from his chair, prompting colleagues to rush him to the Davao Medical Center where he was declared dead on arrival. Paco was an ardent fan of Pacquiao.

In Cebu, radio dzRH reported an 86-year-old man identified as Lorico Baluyo lost consciousness at the Lapu-Lapu City Sports Complex where the televised bout was shown.

The report said Baluyo’s heart attack may have stemmed not only from his excitement but also from the stifling heat inside the crowded facility.

Bystanders rushed Baluyo to a hospital where he eventually recovered.

In Bacolod City, Visayan Daily Star (www.visayandailystar.com) reported Eduardo Sanico of Villa Angela Subdivision in Villamonte village was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital after suffering a mild stroke.

Sanico noticed that his feet became numb and he could not stand. When he reached the hospital, his mouth twisted and his speech became affected. Half of his body also became paralyzed. – GMANews.TV