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Update: Nollywood Comic Actor, Mr Ibu dies at 62

by Maryam Olaniyi
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Nollywood comic, John Okafor, better known as Mr Ibu, is dead as early reported by idannews

A close associate of the family confirmed that the ace actor died on Saturday afternoon after he was moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Evercare Hospital, Lekki a few days ago.

Mr Ibu, 62, died of cardiac arrest after he had a relapse about a week ago and was rushed to the Lagos-based hospital.

Also, the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, confirmed the actor’s death.

Last year, the actor underwent surgery to remove one of his legs after soliciting help and prayers from fans.a

Fans and colleagues of Mr Ibu have since been effusive with tributes in honour of the funnyman. The actor was known for his funny roles in many movies like Issakaba, A fool at 40, amongst others which earned him several nominations and awards.

Mr Ibu’s death followed the passing of his colleague, Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, popularly known as Sisi Quadri, who died on Friday and was buried on Saturday in his hometown, Iwo, in Osun State.

Rest well Mr Ibu.
We will definitely miss you! 🕊️🕯️🕯️🕯️🙏🏽💔 #RIP. pic.twitter.com/FyfczEntxO

— Peter Okoye MrP (@PeterPsquare) March 2, 2024

Condolences 💐 to his family. A great actor indeed he was and will live in our hearts forever. RIP Mr Ibu. https://t.co/uxbqODOlIv

— Femi Anikulapo-Kuti (@Femiakuti) March 2, 2024

Mr Ibu brought happiness to many homes through his God-given natural talent. In my tough moments, his comedy had come to my rescue. His death makes it the second comedian that passed on within 24 hours of March, 2024. It is sad and sorrowful but if death truly means complete… pic.twitter.com/L1AS2oseIM

— Ayekooto (@DeeOneAyekooto) March 2, 2024

The news of the passing away of the comic Actor Mr Ibu is sad and unfortunate.A distinguished artist who made us laugh,smile and lightened up our lives with his unique talent and humorous creativity.For decades,he has been a delightful spice in our homes and hearts.A great loss…

— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) March 2, 2024

Today is just an extremely and and undeniably awkward day. Its a day to remember. Two greats that still had a lot to offer. They were exceptional; irreplaceable characters. You cant see a better Sisi or Mr Ibu. Hard to replicate.. Hard to see their type again.
Very Sad 💔

— Do2dtun Energy gAD (@iamDo2dtun) March 2, 2024

Mr Ibu was with is till his last days. He rejected their millions and followed the the right path. A proper legend!

He showed up in campaign unannounced, he campaigned vigorously for the new Nigeria without looking back!

We will never forget you! pic.twitter.com/ARBGUkDkUt

— Chude Nnamdi (@chude__) March 2, 2024

 

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