Lari Williams, the ace Nigerian actor, has died after a long battle with an undisclosed ailment.
Abubakar Yakubu, national secretary of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), confirmed his death to TheCable Lifestyle on Monday.
Yakubu said the film star, 81, wrote the AGN that he was sick last week. He added that the guild was still trying to raise resources to support him when news of his death broke.
“Yes, credible family sources have confirmed his death. We’re still trying to reach the family. Last week, we got a message from him that he was ill,” he said.
“We’re still trying to put ourselves together and reach out to him. Unfortunately, this (his death) happened in the process. We’ll speak more on that when we finally contact the family.”
It is understood that the actor died at his home in Ikom, Cross River state on Sunday.
Williams was the first president of the AGN and had an illustrious career in the movie landscape which spanned over five decades.
He studied at the London school of journalism and thereafter went to acting school in the United Kingdom.
The deceased was popular for featuring in several hit soap operas including ‘Village Headmaster’, ‘Ripples’, and ‘Mirror in The Sun’.
He was also a renowned poet and playwright during his lifetime.
In 2008, he was honoured with a member of the order of the Federal Republic.
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