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Former Nigerian On-Air Personality Yinka Olonode commits Suicide in the United States of America



pYinka Olonode got his big break on Cool FM in 2002 while hosting a show called “Get a Grip“. The on-air personality also featured as a model in a commercial for telecoms giant MTN during that time.

On the 29th of April 2013, Yinka’s journey came to a tragic end when he reportedly committed suicide.

Oregon Live Online reports

“The Multnomah County Medical’s Examiner’s Office has identified the man who died after jumping from the rooftop restaurant of a downtown Portland hotel Monday.

Yinka Olonode, 34, of Portland, fell about 6:30 p.m. from the 15th floor of The Nines hotel at 525 S.W. Morrison St., where Departure Restaurant and Lounge is located.

The death temporarily shut down MAX service in the area. A motive has not been identified and no one else was injured.

Based on news reports, Yinka’s journey in the US had been rocky up to this point. In 2010, he was arrested after “being accused by his girlfriend of damaging her computer during a fight.” According to the report, the accused was an illegal immigrant at that time and was “arrested on a felony vandalism allegation and then determined that he was in the U.S. illegally. ICE was contacted and placed Olonode into custody.

So tragic.



  1. salsera

    May 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I know yinka oh! what da heck

  2. phiney

    May 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    what a bad way to die but i guess even in his grave his shattered bones will not let him rest in peace.what a sad story and sad way to end for a potentially promising young man.but i know so many people who have been in the states for more than fifteen years without papers and even raise families but they do not die from the stress.please do more investigations and tell us more about this mess.sorry

  3. Princess

    May 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    why would he take he’s own life! he has a daughter feyisola with his girlfriend lillie Halpern too bad

  4. jcsgrl

    May 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Kai why do ppl choose to end their lives with painful means? There are less painful options naa. If you’re going to plan your death, do it with style

  5. Jay

    May 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    So sad. A promising young life wasted. May God grant his loved ones fortitude to bear the loss.

  6. nene

    May 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    nawa oh, that’s all i can say.

  7. Kamal

    May 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Just sad!

  8. Bisola

    May 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    So terrible.

  9. nene

    May 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    i heard he was involved in “things” after he left nigeria. i guess the pressure was too much. RIP

  10. Joyce

    May 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Too bad. RIP and my condolences to his family

  11. xyz

    May 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm


  12. dj

    May 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    eya, i remember dis advert, mayhis soul rip

  13. Oyen'ke

    May 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    *sigh* Saddening…

  14. BB

    May 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Rest In Peace Yinka. I would never have thought that the next time I would hear/see your name is in a report about your suicide! It’s been almost 10 years since we last saw each other. May God comfort your family. YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE KILLED YOURSELF!!!!

  15. DMSquared

    May 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    He was a close pal, knew him well. He was the smartest person u could meet. Pls season ur words with salt and express kind wishes to him..

    • salsera

      May 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Bayo – what on earth happened?

  16. Two's

    May 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I don’t think he committed suicide. As in, which African man would rather not just use a gun rather than chose to jump from a building where the chance of not dying and being paralysed is higher? Question is, how far are the police willing to investigate? Was he shoved by someone who was involved in a dirty deal with him?

  17. Sel

    May 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Portland that’s where I live, was even planning on going to downtown today. Oh Mehn, RIP

  18. I-yarn-am

    May 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    May he rest in peace and may God give the family fortitude to bear the loss.

  19. Janet

    May 6, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Nija pple,y leaving nigeria 4 US when he is doing well here.what shall it profit a man who gains the world and loss his soul.Uhn may God grant ur loved the fortitude to bear the loss

  20. ronke

    May 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Oh my God,i remember the last time i saw him then in Unilag. It was so many years ago,never knew the next time i would be reading about him would be his obituary…may God rest his soul and comfort the family he left behind…

  21. slice

    May 6, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    BN, please who declared it suicide? the title says suicide but your write up says the authorities say he “fell.” So where did the suicide come from

    • Uche

      May 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Opono the articles clearly states “died after jumping”.

  22. NaijaRealist

    May 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm


  23. Impervious

    May 7, 2013 at 12:06 am


  24. sisieko

    May 7, 2013 at 1:06 am

    menh I wish the Naija govt will do something to make the country better so it’s not gonna be a do-or-die issue to remain in a foreign land.I stay in the US legally but I definitely can relate to the immigration stress.May his soul rest in peace 🙁

    • Anon

      May 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm


  25. mujer casada

    May 7, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Very sad but when you tell people that coming to America these days no worth am, they treat you as if you have crossed th bridge to heaven and you want to remove the ladder for them. America is a tough country now and unbearable in many instances such as when your kpali is an issue. May his soul rest in peace. He had to be very troubled to have the mojo to jump from that height. Very unfortunate.

  26. Tiny

    May 7, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I knew Yinka and loved him at one point. This is soooooo sad. May his soul rest in peace.

  27. Oh Puhleese

    May 7, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Yinka was the coolest guy ever! He loved God so much. Didn’t keep in touch after he left Nigeria and I feel a little bad about that now. He must have been going through alot. We often assume someone is okay just because they’re abroad. Let try and check in with our friends. R.I.P Yinka Olonode

  28. ngblaq

    May 7, 2013 at 8:39 am

    is dat his final solution? to kill himself? he must have been on drugs or something . a normal human being wont do that. its very unfortunate “weeping”****

  29. Larlar

    May 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

    It is a pity, i think since the guy don enter Oyinbo man country, Oyinbo way don enter him Blood. I don talk am b4 committing suicide in not a Nigerian way no matter what the challenge is we always dey rough am and come out victorious at the end. Too bad he had to end it. i wish i can ask him now if the problem hem killed himself for has been solved. So Sad

  30. mariam

    May 7, 2013 at 9:24 am

    so sad, but then is the trouble of this world worth taking our own life and still continue to suffer in Heave? may the Lord have mercy

  31. mariam

    May 7, 2013 at 9:24 am

    sorry i meant in Heaven

  32. BUKKY

    May 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I mean dis is so sad…RIP ….but pipul shld express dere heart felt sympathy n not judge d guy as to y he wld take his own life….we all walk in diff shoes.I mean We are Africans n no one thinks dis cld b diabolical?

  33. Mariah

    May 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I’m eagerly waiting for the outcome of the investigation. I’m hoping there was a brawl that led to someone doing this to him. I dont want to believe any Naija guy, Naija guy o!!! will do this to himself. Whaaaattt!!!! Even if he was threatened with deportation, its not the end of the world, common! 34 is still young, he can still do something with his life here in Naija, after all, he had a career before he left.

  34. comment awaiting moderation!

    May 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Why didn’t he just die tru less painful way,like taking Rat poison! RIP

  35. abs

    May 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Yinka, i looked everywhere for you only to be told this morning about this, oh dear!!! what could have been the reason??? u have always been strong hearted, i am shocked to say the least. RIP dearie

  36. jfk

    May 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    omg… so painful…y wld you take your own like for anything without being forced to or a natural cause or maybe spiritual….??? when there is life there is still hope for things…..

  37. jfk

    May 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm


  38. triple o!

    May 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

  39. Ayo Sogeke

    May 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Yinka commited sucide ……, Why , How. You stayed with us when we were at 1004 flats. First it was your mum,s death, Yinka was such promising child. R I P.

  40. Nikki

    May 26, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Yinka, I will always miss you. why did you have to do that? This shit I can’t even handle it.

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