15 February 2013

Nigeria: BBA Star, Goldie Harvey Dies After Brief Illness

Barely days after she came back from the Grammys in the United States of America, Nigeria's version of Lady Gaga, Susan Oluwabimpe Harvey, popularly known as Goldie, is dead.

Although details of her death was sketchy as at press time, THISDAY gathered that the musician popularly known for her collaboration with Eldee D Don died at Reddington Hospital at about 11 p.m. last night.

Her death was allegedly confirmed by her best friend and entertainer, Derenle Edun.

Also some posts by her management on some of her social media platforms; twitter and facebook, confirmed her death.

The posts read: "It is with heavy heart that I have to announce to you all that Goldie passed on this night (last night) shortly after arriving Lagos from Los Angeles. May her soul rest in the eternal peace of the Lord... Amin."

According to reports, the deceased was full of life days back but suddenly fell ill and was rushed to the hospital where she reportedly died.

Signed on the Kennis Music Label, she became more popular when she went to represent Nigeria in the Big Brother Africa (BBA) show tagged the Star Game as part of the seven celebrity housemates at the seventh season of the show.

The deceased attended Green Springs Montessori Primary School and then St. John's College, Palm Grove before moving on to attend the University of Sunderland where she studied Business Management.

She joined Kennis Music label in 2010 and had her debut album titled Gold but her most popular songs include, "You Know It", "JawoJawo" and DTMB (Don't Touch My Body).

Goldie won the best female video at the 2010 SoundCity Music Video Awards for the video 'You Know it' and also picked the award for best use of costume at the Nigerian Music Video Awards; while her song DTMB picked up best Afro Pop video at the 2011 Nmva's.

In 2012, she garnered about 10 awards including the Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY), Best Female Artiste award and City People Best Female Artiste of the year, amongst others.

The deceased who also dabbled into designing was an ambassador of Project Alert and also an inductee into the Federal Celebrity Special Marshal Corps alongside other notable Nigerian celebrities.

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