Former Philippine president Aquino passes away

Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III

Filipinos mourn the passing of former Philippine president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, who died in a Quezon City hospital Thursday. He was 61.

“It is with profound grief that on behalf of our family, I am confirming that our brother Benigno ‘Noynoy’ S. Aquino III died peacefully in his sleep,” the family’s statement announced, as read by his sister, Pinky Aquino-Abellada.

Aquino-Abellada said her brother’s death certificate pronounced his death at 6:30 a.m. He died of renal disease secondary to diabetes.

Aquino III, popularly known as "Pinoy," was the only son of democracy icons former President Cory Aquino and the assassinated opposition leader Benignio Aquino Jr.

He retreated into a quiet private life after the end of his presidency in 2016.

Aquino-Abellada said Noynoy Aquino worked quietly and didn’t want to disappoint the Filipino people “because he knew you were his boss” and "he didn’t want to be given any special treatment.”