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Nollywood veteran Mr Ibu passes away at 62 after battling health issues

Mr Ibu
Mr Ibu

Renowned actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, has tragically passed away at the age of 62. The veteran actor, celebrated for his comedic roles, breathed his last at Evercare Hospital, succumbing to a reported cardiac arrest.

Mr Ibu had been grappling with health challenges since October 2023, undergoing multiple surgeries, including the amputation of one of his legs. Despite initial concerns, updates from his family in November hinted at signs of recovery, offering a glimmer of hope to fans and well-wishers.

The President of the Actors Guild of (AGN), Emeka Rollas, confirmed the actor's demise, expressing deep grief. Mr Ibu's manager, Don Single Nwuzo, cited cardiac arrest as the cause of death. The actor had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Evercare Hospital in Lekki a few days before his passing.

Colleagues and admirers of Mr Ibu have flooded platforms with tributes, sharing fond memories of the actor's impactful contributions to the Nigerian film industry. Notable figures from Nollywood have expressed sorrow over the loss, with many lighting candles in his memory

Hannatu Musawa, the Minister of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, conveyed her sadness over Mr Ibu's demise. In a statement, she described the actor as a household name who brought joy to families through his acting career. The minister expressed her condolences, stating that his death, coupled with the recent passing of Sisi Quadri, marked a sorrowful moment for the entertainment industry.

In 2019, Mr Ibu made headlines when he alleged that his kinsmen paid domestic workers to poison him due to his successful career. In an interview with Vanguard, he recounted the near-death experience, crediting the intervention of doctors for his recovery.

Mr Ibu's demise coincides with the recent death of another Nollywood actor, Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, popularly known as Sisi Quadri, who was buried on Saturday in Iwo, Osun State.

The Nigerian entertainment industry mourns the loss of a comedic icon, and fans join together to remember Mr Ibu's remarkable contributions to the world of film. Details surrounding funeral arrangements and further statements from the actor's family and representatives are yet to be disclosed.

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