Former Philippine president, Benigno Aquino, is dead.
He died on Thursday morning at age 61.
President Rodrigo Duterteâ€™s spokesman, Harry Roque, announced Aquinoâ€™s death hours after local media reported the former leader had been rushed to a Manila hospital.
â€œWe commiserate and condole with the family and loved ones of former president Benigno Simeon â€˜Noynoyâ€™ Aquino III as we extend our condolences on his untimely demise,â€ Roque said.
â€œWe are grateful to the former president for his contributions and services to the country, and we ask our people to offer a prayer for the eternal repose of the former chief executive.â€
Details about Aquinoâ€™s death were not announced.
Aquino, who was in office from 2010 to 2016, was born on February 8, 1960, to one of the Philippinesâ€™s wealthiest land-owning political families.