Former PBA player Cris Bolado passed away after a motorcycle accident on Sunday, September 17 in Cambodia.
He was 48 years old.
A Facebook post by Inasal Nation, a restaurant in Cambodia owned by Bolado, confirmed the news.
Based on a report on Cambodian website FreshNewsAsia.com, Bolado was riding a motorcycle when he got hit by a pick-up truck along National Road 7 in Tboung Khmum Province in Cambodia at 9:35 a.m. on Sunday.
According to local authorities, the driver of the vehicle that hit Bolado fled from the scene after the incident. Bolado injured his left foot and died on the way to the hospital, the report said.
His remains are expected to be flown to Lucban, Quezon, but there are still no details yet of his wake.
The PBA has yet to release an official statement on Bolado’s death. A league source told Sports5.ph they had heard of the news and are still confirming the details.
Bolado was drafted by the Alaska Aces as the 13th overall pick in the 1994 PBA draft. He played for six teams — Alaska, Purefoods, Ginebra, San Miguel, Red Bull, Coca-Cola — during his nine-year career in the PBA.
Bolado was regarded as a “lucky charm” for PBA teams as almost every franchise he played for won a championship. He won 11 titles and made a league-record 10 straight finals appearances from 1994-1997.