Following a finding of death by natural causes by North Wales (East and Central) coroner John Gittins, during an inquest into the death of nurse Rizal 'Zaldy' Manalo, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board would like to release the following statement:
As a health board we hope today’s inquest has given the family, work colleagues and many friends of Rizal “Zaldy” Manalo some closure after his tragic and untimely death.
The tributes already paid to Zaldy bear testament to his dedication towards helping other people and his positive character.
He was a valued and trusted nurse and an integral part of our team on Ward 5 at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, who came here from the Philippines with his compatriots to care for our patients in 2001.
We wish Zaldy’s wife Agnes and their children, Nicole and Dylan, peace and happiness as they continue their lives without him.
Betsi Cadwaladr chief executive Jo Whitehead said: “Sadly, I never had the pleasure of meeting Zaldy.
“However the messages of condolence and tributes paid to him illustrate to me he was a fine nurse, who was loved and respected by his colleagues.
“I sincerely respect those words and offer my heartfelt thanks on behalf of the health board for his years of service to the people of North Wales.”