Mr. Ibu died of cardiac arrest — AGN President reveals

General News Mr. Ibu died of cardiac arrest —AGN President reveals
MAR 4, 2024 LISTEN

The National President of the Actor Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, has officially announced the passing of renowned actor John Okafor, widely known as Mr. Ibu.

The veteran actor succumbed to cardiac arrest after battling health issues for several months.

In an Instagram post, Mr. Rollas expressed his deep grief, disclosing that Mr. Ibu, who had been unwell for long, passed away on Saturday, March 2, at the age of 62.

The post also conveyed condolences for the loss of Kate Henshaw's mother on the same day.

"Sad day for Actors Guild of Nigeria. Kate Henshaw lost her mother earlier today and Mr Ibu suffered cardiac arrest according to his manager of 24 years, Mr Don Single Nwuzor. I announce with a deep sense of grief that Mr Ibu didn’t make it. May his soul rest in peace," read Mr. Rollas' post.

The actor's health struggles became public knowledge in October 2023 when his family revealed that he was undergoing multiple surgeries due to a severe illness.

Mr. Ibu had passionately appealed for financial assistance to cover his medical bills, prompting a fundraiser to support his treatment at a Lagos hospital.

Despite celebrating his birthday with hope for a speedy recovery, the actor faced a challenging turn of events on November 6, 2023, when his leg was amputated.

The decision, shared on Mr. Ibu's Instagram page by his family, was described as complex but necessary to enhance his chances of recovery.

In December 2023, the family clarified the reason behind Mr. Ibu's inability to seek advanced medical treatment abroad.

Doctors had deemed him 'Not Fit To Fly' due to persistent clotting of blood in his leg, stemming from diseased blood vessels and other health challenges that posed a huge risk to his life.

After being discharged in January, Mr. Ibu was seen in the company of Nollywood actor Ken Erics, who visited him during his recovery.

The Enugu-born actor, known for his comedic roles, had an illustrious career, featuring in over 200 Nollywood movies, including titles like "Mr Ibu," "Mr Ibu and His Son," "Coffin Producers," and "Mr Ibu in London."

Gideon Afful Amoako
Gideon Afful Amoako

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