The comedian, birth name Samuel Kwadwo Buabeng, was for long considered the "Father of Ghanaian Comedy" by many, a title which Okala, who was part of the original "Keysoap Concert Party" group had come to accept after long.

The news of his passing came not only as a shock to many, but had a particular dampening effect on them as another member of the "Keysoap Concert Party" group, Nkomode past away earlier last month.

Prez John Mahama took to Twitter to express his grief. He tweeted;

Below are some reactions from social media;

Others couldn't believe that he had just passed away after performing at Ghana's 59th Independence Day Celebrations;

Some users couldn't help but remember the smiles Bishop Okala brought to their faces;