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Mr. Ibu dies at 62 after battling prolonged illness

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Less than 24 hours after the death of actor Sisi Quadri, Nollywood has again been thrown into mourning following the death of actor John Okafor, fondly known as Mr. Ibu.

He passed away at the age of 62 after a prolonged battle with a yet-to-be-disclosed illness.

Per Second News learnt that the actor, renowned for his comedic genius on screen, breathed his last in a hospital in Lagos State on Saturday, March 2.

According to close family sources, Okafor had been grappling with severe blood clotting in his leg, a condition that had plagued him for years.

Despite undergoing a second surgery recently in an attempt to alleviate his suffering, the actor’s health continued to deteriorate.

Tragically, his blood pressure soared to dangerous levels, exceeding 200, despite efforts to stabilise it, ultimately leading to his demise.

In October 2023, he publicly appealed for financial assistance to combat his ailment, which had incapacitated him from performing his usual vibrant roles.

Despite initial plans for medical intervention abroad, his doctors advised against it, declaring him unfit to travel.

In a devastating turn of events, Okafor underwent the amputation of his leg in November 2023 as part of his treatment regimen.

He was also said to have undergone another amputation some weeks ago to keep him alive, but his condition grew worse, which forced his family to rush him back to the hospital.

He, however, didn’t make it, as he died on Saturday, according to family sources.

Though the Ibu family has yet to officially announce his death, a source said they wouldn’t want to rush to make such an announcement unless they get approval to do so.

Throughout his illustrious career, spanning decades, Okafor captivated audiences with his impeccable comedic timing and unparalleled talent.

His memorable performances in numerous films endeared him to fans far and wide, solidifying his status as a cultural icon in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

The late actor leaves behind a legacy that transcends the silver screen.

Survived by his devoted wife and children, Okafor’s impact on the world of cinema will continue to be celebrated and cherished by generations to come.

 

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