Eric Arubayi, gospel singer, who emerged 3rd runner-up at the first edition of West African Idol singing competition, has died.


The singer is said to have died on Saturday at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, PUNCH reports.

Arubayi, who was in his mid-30s, reportedly fell sick during the week and was rushed to the hospital.

He is survived by his wife of three years, Chinonso, and a child.


The singer and wife celebrated their third wedding anniversary in December.

His wife, Chinonso, works as a content producer at Spice TV Channel and is also a make-up vlogger.

Although unconfirmed, many reports suggest that he complained of malaria before ending up at the hospital.


TheCable Lifestyle has been unable to confirm the circumstances surrounding his death as messages put across to his wife were unanswered.

Arubayi’s last social media post was a birthday message to Freke Umoh, which was two weeks ago.

Before then, he had wished happy birthday to Timi Dakolo, winner of the inaugural West African Idol competition, and Paul Adefarasin, pastor at House on The Rock Church.

The singer is most popular for I Go Make Am, a song released in 2011.


Many celebrities have already taken to social media to pay tributes to the singer.

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