The journey has ended for one of Nigeria’s respected Nollywood actor Gbenga Richard. The actor reportedly died on Wednesday after a long battle with diabetes. It was his colleague and movie producer Femi Adewale who broke the news of Gbenga Richards’ death on Facebook on Thursday.
Femi Adewale, former Head of Programmes at Galaxy TV Lagos wrote: “Good night Gbenga Richards. Another Nollywood Icon is gone. A gem is lost. My friend and brother is gone to be with his creator. May the lord rest your soul in Jesus’ name.”
The actor who died at the age of 60 years old, was a renowned actor known for his bad boy role in action thriller actions. The actor has starred in movies like Sango, Mirror in the Sun, Fighting Machine, New Jerusalem and 30 Days.
It will be recalled that late last year, Moviedom called attention to the plight of the actor after blogger and director at African Entertainment Network Emdee David shared a post on his social media handles where he revealed that the actor was seriously ill and needed help urgently.
In a video which was shared in September 2021 captured Gbenga Richards begging for assistant to undergo a surgery so as to survive from his illness. According his words; “My name is Gbenga Richards, I am sure a lot of you out there know me. I am a movie actor. My friends, fans and colleagues have encouraged me to do this, so I have decided to make my cry public. I am really undergoing a very serious health issue.
I have acute high blood pressure and suffering from acute diabetes. I live on medication right now. That I am alive speaking to you this wonderful day is by the grace of God. So, I am calling on well-loving Nigerians please come to my aid. Don’t allow me to die.”
Well, unfortunately no one came to render assistant to him and he died few days ago. The rate of dead in Nollywood among practitioners is alarming and this has to be looked into.
Gbenga Richard died on Wednesday died 11th May 2022 after a long battle with diabetes. The actor is from Ikerre-Ekiti in Ekiti state, where he spent his early childhood before moving over to Lagos to search for green and pasture. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.