More facts have emerged on how Reggae music Icon, Ras Kimono, born Ukeleke Onwubuya, passed on last week.
Our correspondent gathered that the dread-locked musician had slumped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while waiting to board a flight to the United States, on Saturday night, June 9.
According to sources close to him, Kimono was immediately rushed to an unnamed hospital in Ikeja and then taken to another hospital on Lagos Island where he later died on Sunday morning.
The artiste was a native of Onicha Olona in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State and recently clocked 60.
The event has since thrown members of the Nigerian music and culture community into deep mourning.
Reacting, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State described the death of Kimono as a great loss to the people of the state and Nigeria’s music industry.
Okowa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, on Sunday, commiserated with the Nigeria music industry, family and friends of Kimono.
He will be remembered for his hit song, ‘Rumbar Stylee’, Under Pressure, Natty get jail etc’.
The governor added that Kimono had spent all his life promoting good governance through reggae music, good entertainment and healthy community relations.
Reacting to a message posted on Facebook, a close friend of Kimono, Iwa Okosun, suggested that Kimono might have been ill. He said, “We were together on Wednesday afternoon. He said he was coming from the clinic.”