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Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes still alive: ‘Okay lang ako!’

Delfin Dioquino
Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes still alive: ‘Okay lang ako!’

MAGICIAN. Efren 'Bata' Reyes is still alive and kicking at 66 years old.

Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Efren 'Bata' Reyes, considered the greatest pool player of all time, says he is very much alive after news of his death spread on social media

No, “The Magician” is not dead.

Efren “Bata” Reyes, who is considered the greatest pool player of all time, said he is very much alive after news of his death spread on social media.

Okay lang ako! (I’m fine),” Reyes said with a smile in a video posted by his daughter Chelo on Facebook as he watched an NBA game.

Chelo asked people to stop spreading “fake news” about his father, who is now 66 years old.

Sa mga nagshe-share at nakakabasa ng mga lumalabas na balitang patay na si tatay, huwag po kayo maniwala, fake news lang po ‘yan. Diyos na bahala sa inyong nagpapakalat ng ganiyang balita,” Chelo said.

(To everyone who is sharing and reading the news that my father is dead, please do not believe it, that is just fake news. God will take care of those spreading those kind of news.)

In another video, Reyes was seen playing pool.

Ito po ako, buhay na buhay! (I’m here, very much alive),” Reyes said.

Reyes, a world champion in both eight-ball and nine-ball, saw action at home soil in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, taking home a bronze medal in the one-cushion carom.

He recently received a gift – a portrait of himself – from one of his fans.

– Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.