Nigerian Reggae star, Ras Kimono, has died, at 60. It was gathered that the dreadlocked musician slumped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while waiting to board a flight to the United States, on Saturday night.
Kimono was immediately rushed to an unnamed hospital in Ikeja and then taken to another hospital on Lagos Island where he later died on Sunday morning. The death of the artiste, who was a native of Onicha Olona in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State and who recently clocked 60, was confirmed by the President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Pretty Okafor and the Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, Chief Tony Okoroji.
The event has since thrown members of the Nigerian music and culture community into deep mourning. Okafor reacting to Kimono’s death said he was shocked. “Ras Kimono was a very humble and excellent person. He was more like a father to me than a friend or colleague. He was one musician that never had any issue with anybody in the music industry. We are really going to miss him,” he said.
Another reggae musician, African Chyna, said that Kimono’s death had left a vacuum in the music industry that would be difficult to fill. Describing the deceased as a great musician who died before his time, he said, “Nigeria has just lost a great icon. He was not supposed to die so soon. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”