Mark "Mac-mac" Cardona, who is currently playing for the NLEX Road Warriors, was recently rushed to the hospital after he ingested a potentially lethal cocktail of various medications in apparent attempt to take his own life.
NLEX Road Warriors Team Manager Ronald Dularte released an official statement to the public, saying:
“We urge the public to allow Macmac and his family to have privacy at this difficult time. Macmac is part of the NLEX Road Warriors team. We are providing whatever assistance he needs from us during this time. Thank you.”
Support for Cardona began pouring in over social media.
His older sister Rowena told TV Patrol that Mark had been battling severe depression: "Sabi niya sakin ate, di ko na kaya.“Nararamdaman ko na may balak siyang gawin sa sarili niya."
She also expressed her gratitude to former PBA coach Binky Favis, who found Cardona in his house in Merville subdivison in Paranaque and helped bring him to the hospital.
Mark with Bianca and their two kids (screengrab: Youtube)
The 11-year PBA Veteran is currently in a stable condition in Makati Medical Center, according to SPIN.ph report. He was initially rushed to the University of Perpetual Help Hospital in Las Piñas City.
Just two days before his apparent suicide attempt, on August 19, Cardona was reportedly brought to the police for allegedly being domestic abusive towards his live-in partner, Bianca Cabildo-Jackes.
On the morning before he was found unconscious, Cardona shared photos of numerous pills on his instagram account. The photos have since been deleted.
photo: Mark Cardona Instagram
Next page: Mac-mac's friends offer words of support via social media
Barangay Ginebra guard Sol Mercardo urged his followers to offer up prayers for Mac-mac during this difficult time.
Miakka Lim, courtside reporter and daughter of former player and Ginebra coach, sent good thoughts as well.
Sports/PR agent Sheryl Reyes also offered up prayers for the cager.
Chris Ross, point guard for the San Miguel Beermen, took to twitter to tell his contemporary he was praying for him.
Talk n' Text forward Danny Siegle tweeted words of encouragement for Mac-mac.
Former PBA player Vince Hizon also tweeted in support of Mac-mac.
Ryan Arana of the San Miguel Beermen urged the public to pray for Mac-mac's speedy recovery.
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