Premium Times (Abuja)

20 February 2013

Nigeria: D' Banj, Mokeme, Ice Prince, Others Pay Tribute to Late Justus Esiri

Following the death of foremost Nigerian actor, Justus Esiri, many celebrities have taken to Twitter and Facebook to pay their last respects.

Velvet-voiced Esiri passed on a few days to the Nigerian premier of his most recent film, The Assassin's Practice, which opens in cinemas on February 22. The movie was directed by Andrew Ukoko.

In the movie, Esiri plays the role of a failed stock investor, Eviano, who hires an assassin (Eve Pearson) to stage his suicide and make it look like a botched robbery so his wife (Kate Henshaw) and daughter (Sarah Akokhia) would live off his life insurance. To his chagrin, he discovers that the Assassin is delusional and will not spare anyone and he must do everything to undo what he started.

Unconfirmed reports say he died in a Lagos hospital after a secret battle with diabetes.

Below are some of the tributes by celebrities

Jay Martins

May God grant @IAM DR SID and the Family the fortitude to bear the sad loss of his Dad and a Veteran Actor. R.I.P Justus Esiri.

Yemi Alade

We have lost yet another living legend Justus Esiri. our condolences to @IamDrSid. #RIPJustusEsiri

D'banj

With a very heavy heart I sympathize with d family of the late Justus Esiri,he was a great man and his legacy shall continue forever.

Femi Odugbemi

Rest-In-Peace Justus Esiri. Artiste. Performer. Culture Advocate. Top Quality Naija brand.

Susan Peters

May God grant you and your family the fortitude to bear the loss, accept our heartfelt sympathy .RIP Justus Esiri ,Veteran Actor.

Emem Isong

May your soul rest in perfect peace, Uncle Justus Esiri. You will be greatly missed.

Chidi Mokeme

RIP Justus Esiri.... Another Great Thespian Departs to Glory!

Stella Damasus

RIP to my TV dad uncle Justus Esiri. Just don't know what to say but it is well.

Stephanie Okereke-Linus

RIP Justus Esiri . We will miss you. Condolences

Kaffy the Dance Queen

RIP Justus Esiri. A Legend!

Ice Prince

Sad Sad Sad!! Sir Justus Esiri forever!!! #Legend

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