The seven-time PBA champion and 1994 Rookie of the Year Boybits Victoria passed away last Wednesday, March 1, due to a heart attack.
Victoria, 50, recently underwent an angioplasty. It is an operation used to open clogged heart arteries.
In 2018, the former Sunkist and San Miguel Beer guard were discovered to have an autoimmune disorder. He eventually recovered after spending quite some time in the hospital.
After his passing at 6:55 p.m. at San Juan De Dios Manila, his children announced his death through a Facebook post.
“Hello po, this is Boybits’ kids, Ciaz Victoria, and Nathan Victoria. It’s with a heavy heart that we announce our dad’s death from acute myocardial infarction, and he was pronounced dead at 6:55 pm at San Juan De Dios Manila,” they wrote.
Victoria’s memorial will be open to the public at the Loyola Memorial Chapels and Crematorium in Sucat. It will be there from March 2, at around 10 in the morning, until March 5 with the same time.
His children, Ciaz and Nathan are also open to any concerns regarding their father as they posted their personal numbers on the post.
“For any concerns about our dad, you may contact me at 09778343183 or through my messenger.”
A Look-back at his greatness
Victoria was a member of the San Beda Red Lions before getting selected third overall by the Swift during the 1994 PBA Rookie Draft. When the season concluded, he was named Rookie of the Year over Purefoods’ Rey Evangelista.
In 1995, he helped Sunkist to a near-Grandslam. The legend was among the main components for beating twice the Alaska Milkmen for the All-Filipino and Commissioner’s Cup titles.
He spent three more seasons with the Orange Juicers before taking his talents to San Miguel in 1999. He served as a backup point guard to Olsen Racela.
During his successful PBA career, Victoria was selected in the 1994 and 1995 Mythical Second Team.