Seyi Makinde, Oyo governor, says the death of Sound Sultan is a huge loss to the state and the entertainment world.
Makinde spoke about the iconic entertainer in a statement released on Sunday by Moses Alao, his special assistant on media.
He said although Sultan left the world at the young age of 44, he made his mark and left a strong message through various songs that centre on politics, commitment and service to the fatherland.
Makinde commiserated with the family of the artiste, the Iseyin community and the entertainment industry.
He charged youths in the state to borrow a leaf from the pages of Sound Sultan’s books, as the late singer had shown a great example of how to manage fame as a young person.
“The news of the death of popular singer and producer, Lanre Fasasi popularly known as Sound Sultan, unsettled me greatly,” the governor said.
“From afar, Sound Sultan cuts the figure of a well-bred young man, who achieved stardom by dint of hard work and managed to remain relevant without falling to the entrapments of fame and youthful exuberance.
“In him, Oyo State lost a truly great but humble artiste and ambassador. We lost an individual who tried his best to positively impact his society through entertainment.
“I commiserate with the family of Sound Sultan, the good people of Iseyin land, all residents of Oyo State and players in the entertainment industry.
“I pray to God to grant everyone related to him the fortitude to bear the loss.”
Sound Sultan battled lymphoma — a type of blood cancer that starts in the white blood cells.
Tributes have begun to pour in for the fallen musician on social media platforms especially Twitter.
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