Breaking News: The Rainmaker Majek Fashek Is Dead!

Nigerian reggae musician and music legend Majek Fashek aka The Rainmaker is dead. He died today been Tuesday 2nd June 2020. Majek Fashek who toured the world with the sound of African reggae with hits single like ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ and ‘Send Down the Rain’ died in New York City in the United States of America today been 2nd June 2020.

Omenka Uzoma, who has served as his manager and public relation manager for about seven years, made the announcement of his demise on Tuesday morning 2nd June 2020. However, his age was not immediately clear, but by estimate he should be around 75 years old.

According to the words of Mr. Uzoma on Twitter;

“The legend has gone to meet with the Lord”

Mr. Uzoma also stated in a video uploaded by HipTV, hinting that we should all celebrate him and his achievement. Mr. Uzoma did not immediately disclose the cause of his death, which could be deliberate considering his past refusal to disclose the nature of the artist’s illness.

Majek Fashek 1988 album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ and the single ‘Send Down the Rain’ became a major hit worldwide and garnered multiple awards, including Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria’s album of the year in 1989. It was followed by ‘So Long for Too Long’ in 1991, which incorporated haunting vocals with the artist’s captivating rhythm.

In the early 2000s, Majek Fashek, whose stage name was a condensed form of his full name Majekodunmi Fasheke, featured in some local film productions in Nigeria, including ‘Mark of the Beast’. The last few years of his life were repleted with multiple allegations of excessive drug use and illness, most of which the artist publicly declined during media interaction.

In 2019, there were rumors of his death, but he debunked them by confirming that he was receiving treatment at a rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital city of Abuja.

In September 2019, his publicist sought financial help from the public to help care for the Nigerian legend, a call that was headed by many, including businessman Femi Otedola. He was treated at a hospital in London, United Kingdom for several months before he moved to the United States of America in January 2020 to be with his family. He was survived by four children and his ex-wife, Rita. May his gentle soul rest in peace.


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