Daniel ‘Dan’ Foster, a prominent Nigerian-American broadcaster, has passed on.
A source told TheCable Lifestyle that the veteran radio host died around 1pm on Wednesday.
“He died today around 1pm. His wife is currently at the isolation centre in Yaba as we speak,” said the source.
While the cause of his death is yet to be confirmed — as of the time this report was filed — immediate suspicion is that he died of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.
Prior to his demise, Foster, who is well known among his fans as ‘The Big Dawg’ and ‘Top Dawg’, worked with Cool FM, Inspiration FM, City FM and Classic FM.
He was a judge on ‘Nigeria’s Got Talent’ alongside Kate Henshaw, a Nollywood actress, and Yibo Koko, a comedian.
The radio personality was also a former judge of ‘Idols West Africa’ series. He held a similar position with the ‘Got Talent’ franchise.
Foster passed away days after Ibidun Ighodalo, wife of Ituah Ighodalo, senior pastor of Trinity House Church in Lagos, died of a heart attack in her sleep while in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers state.
Quite a number of Nigerians, including celebrities, have taken to social media platforms to pay their last respect as words of the radio host’s death spread.
Below are some of the tributes:
When I moved to lagos in November 2003, Dan Foster was one of the reasons I didn’t run back home to delta state. I tuned into cool fm one morning and Dan made me love radio. Rip big dawg! I’m sad you left. But I’m happy your mark remains forever !Advertisement
— bovi (@officialBovi) June 17, 2020
Dan Foster’s voice was a huge part of my growing up. His voice on Cool FM. His playfulness. His kindness. Long before I saw what he looked like, his voice communicated his personality in a way no picture needed to. This one is one loss too many. This is a really sad day.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) June 17, 2020Advertisement
I just got off the phone, my friend Oscar confirmed that Dan Foster has passed on. This is a very very dark year. How can I overcome this unending melancholy. Rest in Peace, dear Friend. 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔
— Frank Edoho (@frankedoho) June 17, 2020
We had Lagos OAPs pre and post Dan Foster.
Pre Dan Foster, very few had "abroadian accents".
Post Dan Foster, that changed.
He was a giant; changed radio in Lagos.
— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) June 17, 2020
Oh Dan Foster… you gave me the strength to do this and even more. This is really painful 😣💔
— Do2dtun Energy gAD (@iamDo2dtun) June 17, 2020
Dan Foster was amazing on the radio, I listened to him as a kid and it was surreal when we worked together as colleagues.
This one cuts deep !
Rest in peace big Dawg!
— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) June 17, 2020
Dan Foster.. ♥️ you played your part with grace and excellence.. we will not forget you.
Rest In Peace King
— Yung denzL (@MI_Abaga) June 17, 2020
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