Villanueva, best known for winning a silver medal at the 1964 Olympic in Tokyo, had been in ill health for a few years after suffering several heart attacks and sadly passed away earlier today.
Whilst Villanueva was well known for Olympic exploits and celebrated as a hero on his return home, he would later become a forgotten man. Sadly it was as a forgotten man that he and his family struggled with medical bills, bills that they simply couldn't continue to pay.
Thankfully some attention was brought to his plight more recently with several in the Filipino media reporting on the fallen fighter. By then however it was too late and Villanueva was, sadly, coming to his final days.
Many in the Philippines have blamed the Games and Amusements Board, the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee for the way they failed to help Villanueva who received a paltry pension from the state and had to pay for his own medical bills in his dying days.
We would like to send our best wishes to the Villanueva family and hope that the other forgotten sporting hero's of the Philippines will be given the attention and help they need in later life.