A family source has revealed the death of veteran Nollywood actress Rachel Oniga is not COVID-19 related as widely speculated on social media.
In a statement, the family disclosed that Rachel Oniga died in a Lagos hospital at the age of 64 on Friday, 30th July at 10 pm.
The statement revealed that the actress died of a heart-related issue, which she has been battling for an extended period.
The family accepted the death of the actress as God’s design and should be left alone to mourn her privately.
While appreciating the calls and condolence messages from her colleagues, the family added that the burial arrangements would be communicated to the public in due time.
The Statement Reads:
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An official statement on the passing of Chief Rachel Tabuno Oniga.
With a heavy heart and total submission to God, we write to announce the passing unto glory of our beloved sister, mother and grandmother, Chief Rachel Tabuno Oniga. She died in a Lagos hospital at the age of 64, on Friday, 30th of July at about 10pm.
Contrary to diverse reports informing that she died from COVID0-19 complications, we write to inform the general public that she died from a heart-related issue, an ailment she battled with for a short period before her demise.
We accept her sudden transition as God’s design and we see it as a function of a race of life well finished. Painful as it may be, we acct it in good faith and total submission to her maker.
We, therefore, desire to be allowed to mourn her death privately for now, as we do this with a deep sense of respect for her soul and the glorious life she lived.
The burial arrangement will be announced in due cause. We appreciate the calls, messages and condolences expressed by everyone and we pray for s sweet repose of her beautiful soul.
Please accept this release as the only authentic one on behalf of the family until we come up with another one. Thank you.
Deaconess Toyin Odusote.
For the family.