Late Kato Ottio

PIH report on late Ottio

A previous article incorrectly stated the date as January 8.

An official written statement released yesterday says late Ottio was critically ill when he was brought in by his guardians to the PIH emergency room at about 6pm on January 7, 2018.

He was transferred from the Gerehu Hospital where he was first presented.

The release states that the late Ottio appeared to be suffering from complications of a possible severe heat stroke.

Funeral program for late Kato Ottio

The late Kumul will be laid to rest at Nine-Mile after his funeral service this Friday at the Sione Kami Memorial Church.


9.45am – Casket leaves Funeral Home under Police escort

10.00am – Funeral Service at RSKMC at Five-Mile

13.00pm – Funeral Service ends

13.05pm – Casket departs for Tatana village

13.30pm – Casket arrives at Tatana. Viewing by the community.

14.30pm – Casket leaves Tatana for 9 Mile Cemetery

Ottio succumbed to heat stroke

This has been confirmed by the Pacific International Hospital.

Heat stroke is a serious form of heat injury, caused by the body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. Heat stroke occurs if the body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher.

According to doctor attending to him in the ICU ( Intensive Care unit ) Dr Jaiyesh Kumar, the late PNG Kumuls player was already showing symptoms of heat stroke when he was rushed into emergency yesterday afternoon.

PM extends condolence for late Kato Ottio

“It is with shock and great sadness that we have learned of the death of Kato Ottio,” the Prime Minister said.

“I extend the condolences of the people of our Nation to the family and teammates of the Late Kato Ottio, as we share your grief.

“The passing of someone so young, so fit and with so much promise, is hard to come to terms with.

“It was only a matter of weeks ago that he proudly wore the colours of Papua New Guinea on the world stage as a Kumul.

“We remember his courage and tenacity as rugby league star, and as an all-round athlete.