LOS ANGELES: Jose Sulaiman, who ran the World Boxing Council (WBC) for 38 years, died on Thursday (Friday in Manila) in a California hospital after a lengthy illness, the boxing organization announced. He was 82. Sulaiman died at the University of California Los Angeles, ESPN reported. He underwent heart bypass surgery in October. Even though he was in hospital, Sulaiman remained president right up until his death. The council honored him by naming him President For Life at the Bangkok convention. His son, Mauricio Sulaiman, is expected to take charge of the council, ESPN said.