Ghana has lost some stars and personalities in the year 2016. Here are some celebrity deaths in 2016.
For the past years, the Ghanaian entertainment fraternity has recorded more celebrity deaths. Most of these deaths occur untimely while the others occur due to old age.
From the likes of Bob Santo, Suzzy Williams, Margaret "Araba Stamp" Quainoo, Terry Bonchacha, Owusu Ansah, Michael Dwamena, Dr. Paa Bobo to Bob Okala, the entertainment industry has witnessed untimely deaths and mourned many though they are still considered heroes and heroines.
2016, as stated earlier started on a bad note because we lost some of the industry’s greatest men. The deaths took everyone by surprise and we are still mourning them since the year hasn’t ended.
On this note, we bring you top Ghanaian celebrities who didn’t even see the middle of the year.
After battling kidney disease for months, former Actors Guild president and actor Nii Odoi Mensah died on April 12 in China where he was undergoing a kidney transplant.
Doctors said both kidneys of the actor incapable of performing their key functions effectively to keep him alive.
Odoi Mensah was told that he needed $300 a week to keep his health normal. CEO of EIB Networks, Nathaniel Kwabena Anokye Adisi aka Bola Ray donated an amount of $5,000 for Nii Odoi Mensah’s kidney treatment in China. The government also funded his treatment but death took him away.
He was laid to rest on June 20 at the Trade Fair Center La, Accra on June 20.
The Minister of Tourism Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, MUSIGA and colleagues from the Arts and Creative Industry Idikoko, Papa Nii, Kofi Adjorlolo and others paid their last respect to the legendary Nii Odoi Mensah.
Ace comedian Samuel Kwadwo Buabeng who is popularly known as Bishop Bob Okala died in March at the Eastern Regional Hospital, one celebrity death in 2016.
The one-time best “Key Soap Concert Party” comedian was performing at an event on Saturday (12th March 2016) organised by Joy Industries where he collapsed.
His funeral took place at the Arts Centre. His funeral was attended by President Mahama, who was friend to the late actor. Other key figures including Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts were present to mourn the late actor.
Bishop Okala, as he is affectionately called, was part of some entertainers who paraded during Ghana's 59th Independence Day celebrations. Bob Okala was a pioneer of the popular Key Soap Concert Party comedy show.
Comedian Yaw Donkor popularly known as Nkomode passed away on February 5, 2016 after battling kidney, liver problems and bladder failure due to excessive drinking.
The comedian who is well known for his major role on popular TV comedy programme, "Key Soap Concert Party", died at a hospital where he was admitted after kidney, liver problems and bladder failure.
In 2015, Nkomode was reportedly bedridden due to kidney, liver problems and bladder failure. His bladder problem was so bad that he urinated more than 15 times day.
The Comedian started drinking while he was abroad, growing a pot belly in the process and other drinking-related complications.
However, doctors saved him. But he picked up heavy drinking again after his return to Ghana.
Nkomode was laid to rest on Saturday, April 30 in his hometown, Wasa Akropong in the Western Region. His final funeral rite was attended by a lot of celebrities and colleague industry people, including Akorobeto, Agya Koo and other movie stars.
Popular Efiewura TV series actor, Lucky Azasoo-Nkornoo aka Mc Flava Pounds died Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
He was reported ill a few weeks before his shocking passing. Even some 14 hours to his death, he took to Facebook to thank his fans for their support and prayer.
"Thanks to every single soul who prayed for me or wished me well, may you all have a blessed day, hope to get better in God name amen," Flava wrote.
He also posted a heart touching message to his mother. He wrote "Mama don't cry God willing, we will fine if not you I don’t know what would have happen i just pray God keep you alive!!if not you am nothing hmm".
The remains of the actor was conveyed from Accra to Koforidua on Friday, June 10 for the final funeral rite and burial. He was buried at his family home at Adieso in the Eastern Region (a town between Nsawam and Asamankese).
Mc Flava Pounds starred in the popular Efiewura TV series and he also made a cameo appearance in Atom’s "Yewo krom" video.
In the Efiewura series he played the role of husband to diminutive actress Adwoa Smart.
He died at the age of 27.
We have lost them physically but haven’t completely lost their spirits.