Family – Rachel Oniga Died Of Heart-Related Issue, Not COVID-19

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Family – Rachel Oniga Died Of Heart-Related Issue, Not COVID-19

Family of late Rachel Oniga has confirmed her death, but stated that the veteran actress died of health-related issues, not COVID-19, as speculated on social media.

MDB earlier reported the death of the veteran actress, however some local reports (not MDB) speculated that she died of COVID-19 complications.

The family however revealed the true cause of her death in a statement titled ‘An official statement on the passing of Chief. Rachel Tabuno Oniga,’ signed by her sister, Toyin Odusote.

The statement 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 Tabun 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

he family added;

We therefore desire to be allowed to mourn her death privately for now, as we do this with deep sense of respect for her soul and the glorious life she lived.

Burial arrangements will be announced in due cause. We appreciate the calls, messages and condolences expressed by everyone and we pray for a sweet repose of her beautiful soul.

Please accept this release as the only authentic one on behalf of the family until we come up with another.

Originally from Eku, Delta State in Southern Nigeria, She was born on 23 May 1957 in Ebutte Metta, Lagos State.

Oniga began her acting career in 1993, shortly after her divorce. She worked briefly at Ascoline Nigeria Limited, a Dutch Consultant Company before her first movie titled Onome and her debut Yoruba movie was Owo Blow.

Over the years, Oniga has featured in notable Nigerian films such as Sango, a movie scripted by Wale Ogunyemi, produced and directed by Obafemi Lasode and Wale Adenuga’s television series, Super story.

Some of the movies she has featured in includes;

Sango (1997)
Out of Bounds (1997)
Owo Blow (1997)
Passion of Mind (2004)
Power Of Sin,
Restless Mind
Doctor Bello (2013)
30 Days in Atlanta (2014)
The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (2017)
Power of 1 (2018)
The Wedding Party
Power of 1 (2018) and most recently, My Village People (June 11, 2021).

She was survived by three children and several grandchildren.

May her soul rest in peace.

 

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