Tongan young man dies of illness in Philippines hospital

A Tongan full-time missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died last weekend in a Philippines hospital.

Papa Fe’iloakitau. Photo / The Church News

Elder Papa Fe’iloaki, 22, of Tonga, died Saturday, July 29. He had been admitted to the hospital earlier with a fever and pneumonia, passing away a short time later, reported Sam Penrod, Church spokesman.

The cause of Elder Fe’iloaki’s symptoms and death are still being determined, Penrod added.

The missionary’s death was first reported on

Serving in the Philippines Olongapo Mission at the time of his death, Elder Fe’iloaki had been a full-time missionary since June 2022.

“We express our deepest sympathies and love to Elder Fe’iloaki’s family and friends and to his fellow missionaries who have served at his side for the past 13 months,” Penrod said. “We pray each will feel the Savior’s comfort and strength during this difficult time.”

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