PH basketball legend Caloy Loyzaga passes away at 85

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Philippine basketball legend Carlos "Caloy" Loyzaga passed away at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City at 6:50 a.m. on Wednesday (January 27).

He was 85.

His son, Chito Loyzaga, confirmed the news to CNN Philippines over the phone.

Chito said his father died because of cardiac arrest.

He explained that the older Loyzaga, who was in the hospital due to pneumonia, was recovering before "something went wrong," eventually leading to the stroke.

As of posting, Chito said they are still finalizing the details of his father's wake.

"We are still preparing, but more likely it will be at Arlington at Araneta Avenue," he said.

The younger Loyzaga also said that their family will open the wake to the public, most especially to his father's fans.

Caloy Loyzaga, who was nicknamed "The Big Difference," had many accomplishments in the basketball scene wearing a Philippine jersey.

He played for the national team in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics.

In 1954, Loyzaga led the Philippines to a third place finish — the country's best — in the World Basketball Championship. He was named to the Mythical Team of that tournament.

He also won four gold medals in the Asian Games (1951, 1954, 1958, 1962) and two at the FIBA Asia Championship (1960 and 1963).