Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III‘s cause of death was renal disease secondary to diabetes. The Philippines’ 15th president died in his sleep in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines at 6:30 a.m. on June 24, 2021.
Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). This is the last stage of chronic kidney disease, a condition characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function over time.
While Aquino did not drink alcohol, he was a smoker. As compared to nonsmokers, smokers are 30 to 40 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
On June 24, 2021, Aquino was rushed to the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City. His sister Kristina Bernadette “Kris” Aquino, 50, later arrived in the hospital with Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, 64, and Jose Rene Almendras, 61.
Almendras served as the Philippines’ secretary of foreign affairs from March 8, 2016 to June 30, 2016. Noynoy served as the country’s president from June 30, 2010 to June 30, 2016.
Roxas was a senator of the Philippines from June 30, 2004 to June 30, 2010. His grandfather Manuel Roxas served as the country’s fifth president from May 28, 1946 to April 15, 1948.
Kris and Noynoy are two of the five children of Benigno Aquino Jr. and Corazon Aquino. Benigno Jr. was a senator of the Philippines from December 30, 1967 to September 23, 1972 while Corazon served as the country’s 11th president from February 25, 1986 to June 30, 1992.
Benigno Jr. was fatally shot on August 21, 1983. Corazon died of colorectal cancer on August 1, 2009.