The family of the late Rachel Oniga confirmed the cause of death, saying the veteran actress died of health problems rather than COVID-19, as speculated on social media.
The actress was pronounced dead on Saturday and local reports suggested that she died of complications from COVID-19.
However, the family revealed the true cause of death in a statement titled‘An official statement on the passing of Chief Rachel Tabuno Oniga,’which was 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 Tabuno Oniga.
“She died on Friday, July 30th, 2021 at 10pm at the age of 64 in a Lagos hospital.
“Contrary to reports that she died from complications from COVID-19, we are writing to inform the public that she died of cardiovascular problems which she had to deal with shortly before her death.
“We accept her sudden transition as God’s plan and see it as a function of a race of life well finished. Even though it hurts, we accept it in good faith and complete submission to her maker.
“That is why we wish to mourn her death privately for now, with deep respect for her soul and the noble life she led.
“The burial arrangements will be announced in due cause. We appreciate everyone’s calls, messages, and condolences, and we pray for the sweet peace of her beautiful soul.
“Please accept this issue as the only authentic one on behalf of the family until we come up with something else.”