The Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Lagos State chapter has revealed the cause of Rachel Oniga’s death to be “malaria and typhoid”.
This is however contrary to rumours that the veteran actress died of a COVID-19 complication.
The entire Nollywood industry and fans were thrown into a state of grief early morning of Saturday as the news about death of the 64-year-old started circulating.
The Public Relations Officer of the Actors’ Guild, Olamilekan Ojora, told Premium Times that “She (Rachel Oniga) passed away on Friday night around 10 p.m. She had malaria and typhoid,”.
Ojora also noted that he was scheduled to meet with Rachael Oniga on the “Sensations” movie set Saturday.
Also confirming the news of her death, the Chairman of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rising, had said; “We just got the news early this morning today. We have nothing to say other than to give glory to God for a life well spent.
“I got the news this morning, I have been down and surprised.”
Expressing his grief, a Nigerian singer and producer, Samklef, posted on Instagram, “Sad news another legend is gone. Rip to my childhood actor @racheloniga May her soul Rest In Peace. Nollywood lost an angel,”
Also commenting, Bimbo Oshin, a Nigerian actress, said “Heaven has just gained yet another beautiful soul. Aunty Rachel! Haa! I am speechless. . . . Rest in peace Aunty This life sha!”
Rachel Oniga acted the Aunty Ajoke role in the EbonyLife Films’ Chief Daddy movie which grossed a 2018 record-breaking N235,469,368.
Rachel Oniga born May 23, 1957, before going joining the Nollywood industry worked briefly at Ascoline Nigeria Limited, a Dutch Consultant Company.
According to Wikipedia, some of the movies she was cast include: 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; My Village People (2021).