The family of late veteran actress, Rachel Oniga has refuted claims that the actress died from COVID-19 complications.
Rumours were rife that the actress gave up the ghost after a battle with the dreaded Coronavirus but the statement the family has released states otherwise.
In a statement released by her sister, Deaconess Toyin Odusote, the family said the actress died from a heart-related ailment that she battled within a short period of time.
The statement partly reads:
“With a heavy heart and total submission to God, we write to announce the passing unto glory of our beloved sister, mother and grandmother; Chief Rachel Tabuno Oniga. She died in a Lagos hospital at the age of 64, on Friday, 30th of July 2021, at about 10pm.
“Contrary to diverse reports informing that she died from COVID-19 complications, we write to inform the general public that she died from a heart related issue, an ailment she battled with for a short period before her demise.
We accept her sudden transition as God’s design and we see it as a function of a race of life well finished. Painful as it may be, we accept it in good faith and total submission to her maker”.
See full statement below:
Rachel was born on 23 May, 1957 in Ebutte Metta, Lagos State. In 1993, she started acting right after her divorce. Her first movie was titled Onome and her first Yoruba movie was Owo Blow.
The veteran actress has been featured in many popular Nigerian movies like Sango, a movie written by Wale Ogunyemi, directed and produced by Obafemi Lasode and Wale Adenuga’s television series, Super Story.