Veteran Nollywood actor dies

Olumide Bakare is famous for his role as Chief Koko in the rested TV series, Koko Close.

Veteran Nollywood actor, Olumide Bakare has been reported dead after a failed battle with a heart and lung disease.

His personal assistant said he died in the early hours of today, Saturday April 22,2017, on his way to the hospital.

Mr. Bakare, aged 66, has been sick for over a year and reports say aside from suffering low blood flow to the heart, there were also indications of a lung-related disease.

He suffered cardiac arrest earlier in the year and was rushed to the emergency unit of University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Oyo State, where he was placed in intensive care.

Former president of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP),Mufu Onifade, also confirmed his death in a statement.

“He had a successful surgery and after the surgery, he talked to people and told them he was fine. But two hours later, he passed on. It is very painful because I had actually been wishing him a quick recovery,” he said.

“Olumide Bakare is someone who was a hundred percent committed to the theatre profession. He started on stage and then from there, went on TV, did radio and then film which was where he settled.”

“Of course he became much more popular for his stint of TV in Oluwa Langbe Lodge. That was what brought him to limelight. You can’t fault him as a professional. He is someone who was very discipline. I see him as the last of the second generation of actors in Nigeria,” Onifade sadly concludes.

When the news of his ill health broke in 2014, the actor denied being ill. Incidentally, the actor was also booked for a movie shoot in the United States, putting to rest insinuations he went for medical check-up.

PR/Sammie