The Nigerian movie industry has, again, been thrown into mourning having lost another of its veteran actors, Olumide Bakare. He finally gave up in the early hours of Saturday Morning, April 22, sequel to a long battle with a heart/lung disease.
His death was disclosed by his personal assistant, who was with him at the time he gave up the ghost.
According to reports, the condition of the actor who was yet to fully recover from his sickness got worse in the middle of the night and he was said to have called on his PA to take him to University College Hospital, UCH, in the middle of the night. He died before he got to the hospital. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
Actor, Saidi Balogun, said he received the news of his death with shock.
“Yes, it is true Olumide Bakare is dead. He died on his way to his hospital. When I called his number, his personal assistant picked his phone and told me he was dead. That’s how much I can say for now.”
Speculations were rife in 2014 when the actor traveled to the United States, where he was received by his son, Olabode, who is a pastor in Pennsylvania. Incidentally, the actor was also booked for a movie shoot in the U.S., putting to rest insinuations that he went for medication.
At that time, Bakare was quoted to have expressed appreciation to his fans and well-wishers, but maintained that he does not require financial assistance from anybody to foot his medical bills. In fact, at the time, the actor denied having anything serious other than the normal age-related ailments that required constant medical check-ups.
But the story changed by February 2016, when the lively and frank-speaking thespian confirmed that his illness had become life-threatening, begging not to be allowed to die just yet. His worsening medical situation prompted him to call on public-spirited Nigerians to come to his aid, as he laid on his sick bed, at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan.
Olumide Bakare, while on his sick bed once told Ace TV broadcaster “Jide, I can’t hold on much longer”.
Bakare, 65, is famous for his role as Chief Koko in the rested TV series, Koko Close. A cross-over actor, he also starred alongside Genevieve Nnaji and Hollywood’s Isaiah Washington in Tony Abulu’s 2013 film, Doctor Bello. He has been a regular feature in many Nollywood movies including Tunde Kelani’s Ma’ami.
May God rest his soul…Amen.