The news was announced by sports columnist and Jacobs' close friend Quinito Henson via his Twitter account.
Jacobs helped the Philippines in establishing its name in different courts outside the country when he became the national team coach from 1982 to 1986.
Jacobs revolutionized the country's basketball culture in the 1980s, helping Filipino teams win titles from prestigious international championships, such as Jones Cup, Asian Youth, PBA Third Conference, and the Asian Basketball Confederation (now FIBA-Asia).
In 2002, Jacobs suffered a massive stroke and has been bedridden since.
Meanwhile, after learning about the news, basketball players, athletes, and sports enthusiasts took to Twitter to share their messages of condolences.
Thank you, Coach Ron! May you rest in peace. https://t.co/jo2oZfjMaU— San Miguel Beermen (@TheSMBeermen) December 24, 2015
RIP Coach Ron Jacobs. You were more than just a coach to all of your players. Thank you for believing in me. I will forever be grateful— Olsen Racela (@thebigOls) December 24, 2015
Rest in peace to the Father of Injury Timeout Wise Utilization, Coach Ron Jacobs. Smb almost became champs with naron, mustre, asaytono.— AJPuchero (@pucherrific) December 24, 2015
Fondest memory of Ron Jacobs: When he turned San Miguel into a title contender and Nelson Asaytono into a scoring machine.— Julius Manicad (@JCManicad) December 24, 2015
source: www.abs-cbnnews.comI owe so much to one of d best coaches ever. His knowledge & passion for d game were remarkable-a true pioneer. RIP Coach Ron, i'll miss u🙏🏻— Danny Seigle (@dannyseigle42) December 24, 2015