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Iggy Arroyo brain dead

By: - Reporter / @MRamosINQ
, / 12:51 PM January 26, 2012

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Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Negros Occidental Representative Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo is brain dead in a London hospital, his staff told Radyo Inquirer.

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Arroyo’s chief of staff Bong Ruado made the clarification after the family of the lawmaker earlier announced that he died of cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment for a liver ailment.

But Ruado said that Arroyo has been hooked to the life support system and doctors were waiting for his family’s decision whether to pull the plug.

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Earlier, Arroyo’s brother and former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo told Radyo Inquirer 990AM that Iggy Arroyo had died.

The news was also confirmed by House Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap, who told the Inquirer that it was relayed to her by Occidental Mindoro Representative Amelita Villarosa, a close friend of the Arroyo family.

Ferdinand Topacio, lawyer for Mike Arroyo, also earlier said the lawmaker succumbed to cardiac arrest around 11 p.m. Wednesday (about 7 a.m. Thursday Manila time) at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London

“The doctors tried to revive him, but he went into a coma. He died a few hours later,” Topacio said over the phone.

For the report, listen to Radyo Inquirer 990AM. With reports from Cynthia D. Balana and Marlon Ramos, Philippine Daily Inquirer

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