John Okafor Alias Mr. Ibu Dies @ 62 After Suffering Cardiac Arrest


Late Mr. Ibu.

John Okafor a.k.a. Mr. Ibu, top Nigerian comedic actor, has died at the age of 62.

Emeka Rollas, President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), broke the news in an Instagram post on Saturday evening.

Rollas quoted Don Nwuzor, the actor’s longtime manager, as confirming that he died of cardiac arrest.

Read the post in part: “Mr. Ibu suffered cardiac arrest according to his manager for 24 years, Mr. Don Single Nwuzor.

“I announce with deep sense of grief that Mr Ibu didnt make it. May his soul rest in peace”.

Mr. Ibu’s condition was said to have worsened a week ago after which he was rushed to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Evercare Hospital, Lekki, Lagos.

The talented actor, in October last year, revealed he was battling with a life-threatening illness.

Ibu, who spoke from a hospital bed, also cried out for financial assistance over the medical condition.

The film thespian’s plight prompted calls on social media for the AGN to assist one of its own.

Several people announced their donations to the ailing actor, including the Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Foundation, which revealed it “paid the entire medical expenses of Ibu”.

On November 6, Ibu’s family revealed that the actor’s leg had been amputated after undergoing seven surgeries. He, however, remained in the hospital where he had been recuperating.

Ibu was well known for his comic roles in films which earned him several nominations and awards.

His death followed after the demise of Sisi Quadri, another actor. Quari, who died on Friday, was buried on Saturday in his hometown in Iwo, Osun.

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