The sudden death of Gospel Singer, Eric Arubayi has sent shockwaves around the Nigerian music industry and among the young singer’s fans.
According to NET, A close friend of the deceased who also served with him at House of the Rock church where Eric was a chorister, confirmed that Eric had not been suffering from a terminal illness that may have hastened his death.
The friend who spoke on the condition of anonymity said,
We were together at a party last week Sunday and he didn’t show any signs of being ill. During the week he just had a mild bout of malaria which was not life-threatening.
The source went on to suggest that the medication he used to treat the mild bout of malaria may have been the cause of his death. He could not confirm if the expired medication was bought at a pharmacy or was given to him at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital where he passed away yesterday February 11.
Another source says the fake drugs affected his liver, causing him to slip into a coma which he never came out of.
Fake and expired drugs issue has been an ongoing issue in Nigeria for many, many years. The late NAFDAC chairman, Dora Akunyili tried her best with successful results to halt the proliferation of expired & fake drugs in the market, after her sister passed away from using fake drugs.
According to a 2015 NOI poll 18% of Nigerians have been victims of fake and expired medication.