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Eric Arubayi’s Brother reveals the Singer Died after using Expired Malaria Drugs

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More details of Gospel singer Eric Arubayi’s death have been revealed by his younger brother, Derrick Arubayi in an interview with Vanguard.

According to Derrick, Eric died at a hospital in Delta State after he took expired drugs that were meant to treat his malaria and typhoid ailment.

Derrick said:

“He had malaria and typhoid, which was untreated. It later became worse after he took a medication that had expired and this triggered his liver ailment and afterwards, every other thing just followed at a fast pace before his death. The only thing that we had to say is that he lived for Christ. We just want the world to know that the name Eric Odafe Arubayi was for a reason beyond the West Africa Idol show. For that reason, God would make manifest even beyond his glorious ascension.”

This is so heartbreaking and a reflection of the Nigerian health care system.

Eric is survived by his wife, his 2-year-old son, two brothers, a sister and his parents Professor and Professor (Mrs) Eric Arubayi.

18 Comments

  1. FindOut

    February 13, 2017 at 10:01 am

    May his gentle soul rest in peace. Amen

  2. Nuna

    February 13, 2017 at 10:20 am

    This is so heartbreaking. The harsh reality of this country. Rest in Peace Eric, heaven gained an angel. May God give ur wife Chinonso consolation at this sad time

  3. Anon

    February 13, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Very sad. NAFDAC has gone to sleep. All late Akunyili’s efforts have been wasted. I’m just speechless really. Rest in peace omo professors.

  4. LL

    February 13, 2017 at 10:31 am

    so so sad, please how do we recognize fake drugs? and how long can one wait for malaria to go before raising an alarm because i know someone who is still sick after taking all the recommended malaria drug dose

    • o

      February 13, 2017 at 10:37 am

      It may not be malaria. Sometimes different ailments have similar symptoms

    • Mys N

      February 13, 2017 at 11:30 am

      It might be inflammation in the body which manifests with symptoms similar to malaria. To give more clarity in the first instance the person should do an ESR test. That is the best starting point, measures inflammation in the body. It’s a non-specific test but the results should better guide the doctors.

    • John

      February 13, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      @ Mys N
      Very useful insight. Thank you.

    • Idomagirl

      February 15, 2017 at 12:08 am

      All our hospitals diagnose is malaria and typhoid.
      God help us in this country…

  5. Loveth Best

    February 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Chai. May his soul rest well

  6. Seriously

    February 13, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I’m just upset. Malaria is preventable and treatable if proper medication/care follows. Nigeria wakeup!!!!
    All these officials have the money to get the best treatment abroad while citizens just die away. It’s truly heartbreaking.

  7. Debs

    February 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    This is so heartbreaking. RIP and may God comfort your loved ones.

  8. o

    February 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    God punish the ppl bringing in fake adulterated drugs. And those selling expired drugs (some go as far as pasting new expiry date over the old one). They deserve the death penalty.

  9. Agbure Alex

    February 13, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    RIP Eric

  10. Btfl

    February 13, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Did the report say fake or expired drugs?

  11. C

    February 13, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Omg Jezuz we have to do better there needs to be some countability like a Food Drug Administration to stop things like this what is this life. Eric Arubayi !!!! Dead @ such a young age. God why???

  12. mike

    February 13, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    eric dear if only death is afraid it wud hv let u live n run far from u since i knw u from childhood u r always full of life u cant even hurt a fly hw can death hurt u so cheaply like dis chiaa owu adi atuegwu i cant blive u r gone eric ur music career is just starting to make wave across d country so pained bt i knw u r resting in d bossom of our lord jesus christ RIP

  13. Nationalsquirrel

    February 14, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Rip my darling cousin.
    Nigeria needs to be cleansed man
    I can’t…

  14. Idomagirl

    February 15, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Of course no one will ever be jailed or even arrested for selling fake/expired drugs.

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