Veteran Nollywood actor, Enebeli Elebuwa, 65, has died after a protracted illness.
He passed away Tuesday night in a Delhi hospital in India, where he has been receiving treatment for stroke for the past four months.
Former president of the Nigerian Guild of Actors, Segun Arinze, confirmed the death yesterday.
Elebuwa was at the hospital courtesy of the Delta State Government, which has an actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, as its commissioner for culture.
The veteran actor was stricken with stroke last year and has sought healing from numerous sources, including churches, where one Pastor Sign Fireman of the Perfect Christian Ministry, Surulere, claimed to have healed him in May this year.
But the actor later debunked those claims by saying: "If he claims that he has healed me, I leave everything to God. I was in his church and he prayed for me, but my condition did not improve."
He then continued with his treatment in an Abuja hospital before being flown to India
Richard Mofe-Damijo said, "I spoke to him last week and he was in great spirits. He told me he was much better and walking with his feet. In fact we were even beginning to think of his return."
In his condolence, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mike Omeri, described Elebuwa as a rare breed actor.
He said this in a statement by his spokesman Paul Odenyi.
Ebube Nwagbo, an actress said, "It's such a sad news after all the struggles."
Elebuwa hails from Ukpane in Otagunu Local Government Area of Delta State. He started acting in 1967 and the first soap opera he did was Mirror in the Sun. He also featured as a police officer in the popular Village Headmaster drama series.
He has more than 130 movies to his name and they include: "The King and the Maiden", "Royal Fight", "Dry My Tears", "Last Chance", "Heart of a Fighter" and "Implication" among others.
With Agency Report