David Oyelowo, a British-Nigerian actor, has announced the demise of Stephen Oyelowo, his father.

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The movie star took to his Instagram page to break the sad news on Friday.

In the post, the ‘Selma’ actor revealed that his father breathed his last earlier this week after a long battle with colon cancer.

He described his late father as a brave man who fought so hard for the family, concealing the pains associated with the disease until he eventual passed away.

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It is with a heavy heart that I bring the news of the passing of my beloved father. My brothers and I knew him as our protector, guardian, hero, encourager and our lovely daddy,” he wrote.

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It is with a heavy heart that I bring the news of the passing of my BELOVED father. My brothers and I knew him as our protector, guardian, hero, encourager and our lovely Daddy. You probably knew him as @the_leaf_blower, because of his hilarious antics with that very noisy device! You wouldn’t know it, but my Dad had been in a years long battle with colon cancer. My heart is at peace because his pain is now over and the real victory has been won because I know he is now with his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He fought so hard to stick around for me, my brothers and his grandchildren. He would often say to me. “God has so much in store for you, and I want to be here to see it”. My last conversation with my Dad, as he fought through the pain, went like this. ME: Daddy I love you and it’s okay to let go. Are you ready to go and be with mummy now? MY DAD: Yes! He passed away peacefully this week and I truly believe he’s now reunited with my mum in heaven, and although I will never truly get over losing him, my heart is full at the thought of him with my mother again. He loved her so much. Thank you to all who loved him, “followed” him and celebrated this most transcendent of human beings. He loved you all. Giving love was his special gift, his true talent, his greatest example. Rest well, Daddy. ❤️

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“You probably knew him as @the_leaf_blower, because of his hilarious antics with that very noisy device! You wouldn’t know it, but my Dad had been in a years long battle with colon cancer.

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“My heart is at peace because his pain is now over and the real victory has been won because I know he is now with his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

“He fought so hard to stick around for me, my brothers and his grandchildren. He would often say to me: ‘God has so much in store for you, and I want to be here to see it.”

He disclosed that in his last conversation with the deceased, he had asked him if he would love to depart the world amid the pains with the disease — to which he responded in the affirmative.

“My last conversation with my dad, as he fought through the pain, went like this. Me: ‘Daddy I love you and it’s okay to let go. Are you ready to go and be with mummy now? My dad: Yes!” David added.

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“He passed away peacefully this week and I truly believe he’s now reunited with my mum in heaven, and although I will never truly get over losing him, my heart is full at the thought of him with my mother again. He loved her so much.”

He went on to thank those who supported his father during his lifetime.



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