List Of Nollywood Actors And Actresses Who Have Died

Nollywood actors and actresses

Nollywood actors and actresses who have died, as we all know Nigerian movies industry have produced many Nollywood actors and actresses over the years and at the same time lost most of them to the cold hand of  'Death'.

This is a comprehensive list of Nollywood actors and actresses that have died. Some of them died many years ago while some died recently.

List Of Nollywood Actors And Actresses Who Have Died

Sam Loco Efe (December 25, 1945 - August 8, 2011)

Late Sam Loco Efe

Late Sam Loco Efe


Sam Loco Efe slumped and died in his hotel room in August 2011, without being sick. The late actor was known for his comical roles in English movies. The cause of his death remain unknown till now.

Rebecca Adebimpe Adekola (Friday, 27th September, 2002)

Rebecca Adebimpe Adekola was a screen diva in 1990's Yoruba movies, she was adored by many Yoruba movie lover's then. So many people haven't forgotten Ireti someone like me, she died after a brief illness due to some complications suspected to be from typhoid fever on Friday, 27th September, 2002.

Ten years later she was immortalized by National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) by launching Ireti Adekola Foundation (IAF) at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos state.

Justus Esiri (November 20, 1942 - February 19, 2013)

Justus Esiri was a renowned Nollywood actor, he was born in Oria-Abraka, Delta State and died at the age of 70 on February 19, 2013 as result of Diabetes.

Justus Esiri and a female companion is a party while alive

Justus Esiri and a female companion in a party while alive

Justus Esiri started acting since 1968, he became popular with the Village Headmaster soap opera in 1970.

Mufutau Sanni, Broken Bottle (Died: July 31, 2015)

Late Mufutau Sanni A.k.a Ajigijaga Broken Bottle

Late Mufutau Sanni A.k.a Ajigijaga Broken Bottle

Mufutau Sanni was a popular Yoruba actor known for his tough and criminal acting. Ajigijaga had an accident with his bike and died two weeks after due to an infection for lack of proper care.

Jenifer Okere Ossai (Died: 1999)

Jenifer Okere Ossai |

Jenifer Okere Ossai |

Jenifer Okere Ossai was the late wife of Emeka Ossai, she became popular with her role in Living in Bondage part 2 as Ngozi Nwosu friend in 1992. She died after a brief illness in 1999.

Chris Nkulor (Died: April 22, 2014)

Chris Nkulor was a Nigerian film actor. He was known for his roles in the Nollywood films Battle of Indemnity, Hidden Treasure and Hidden Treasure 2. Nkulor died on 22 April 2014 at the Obafemi Awolowo University hospital from a kidney ailment.

Chris Nkulor was a Nigerian film actor. He was known for his roles in the Nollywood films Battle of Indemnity, Hidden Treasure and Hidden Treasure 2. Nkulor died on 22 April 2014 at the Obafemi Awolowo University hospital from a kidney ailment.

Chris Nkulor died on April 22, 2014 from a kidney related disease, Chris died because he was unable to raise N3 million required for his surgery. He  died at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife.

JT Tom West (Died: September 28, 2006)

JT Tom West was known for his bad boy roles in Nollywood movies, he was from Rivers State.  JT Tom-West died as a result of internal bleeding after he had an auto accident.

Late JT Tom West

Late JT Tom West

He was returning from a movie location with his son and two of his colleagues in Lagos, he was the only one that died from the accident.

Geraldine Ekeocha (Died: September 4, 2011 )

Late Geraldine Ekeocha

Late Geraldine Ekeocha

Geraldine Ekeocha  passed away during a fibroid operation on Sunday, 4 September 2011 at the University Teaching Hospital(UNTH) Ifuku,Enugu State.

Pete Eneh (Died: November 2012 )

Late Pete Eneh

Late Pete Eneh

The veteran Nollywood died a month after losing one of his legs to amputation over an infection on the leg. One of his relative said Pete Eneh died due to psychological pain of knowing that he will live with an amputated leg for the rest of his life.

Bisi Komolafe (Died: December 31, 2012 )

Bisi Komolafe was a popular Yoruba actress, she died on December 31, 2012 at the University College Hospital, Ibadan from an undisclosed illness.

Late Bisi-komolafe

Late Bisi-komolafe

Bisi was few weeks pregnant when her sickness started, she lost the pregnancy as a result of complications arising from the sickness.

Funmi Martins (Died: May 5, 2002 )

Funmi Martins was a popular Yoruba and English actress in the 1990's,  she died on May 5, 2002, of cardiac arrest.

Late Funmi Martin

Late Funmi Martin

Her daughter Mide Funmi Martins is now a popular Yoruba actress and also married to a popular Nollywood actor and producer Afeez Owo.

Romanus Uchenna Amuta A.k.a Natty (Died: June 7, 2014 )

Romanus Uchenna Amuta suffered from partial paralyses many years before he died on June 7, 2014 of stroke in Enugu state.

Late Romanus Uchenna Amuta

Late Romanus Uchenna Amuta

Romanus Uchenna was known for his role as Natty the hungry man  in the now rested sitcom of the 80s, New Masquerade.

Francis Agu (Born: February 18, 1965 -  March 20, 2007 )

Late Francis Agu

Late Francis Agu

Francis Okechukwu Agu was born in Lagos on 18 February 1965, he was popularly known for his role in 1990 soap opera 'Checkmate' and Living in Bondage in 1992.

David Ihesie (Died: January 19, 2012)

Late David Ihesie

Late David Ihesie

The veteran Nollywood actor died at the age of 73 in Enugu state after he had been ill for a long time. David Ihesie was well respected in Nollywood and has featured in many movies before he died.

Flavian Okojie (Died: October 2013)

Late Flavian Okojie

Late Flavian Okojie

Flavian Okojie was a popular Edo born Nollywood actor shot by armed robbers in Benin. He died three weeks after he got married to Omo Kivie Adeola, a popular NTA news presenter.

Muna Obiekwe (Died: January 18, 2015)

Late Muna Obiekwe

Late Muna Obiekwe

Muna Obiekwe was one the A-List actor in Nollywood, he featured in several movies before he died of kidney failure on January 18, 2015, in Festac town, Lagos state.

Ashley Nwosu (Born: November 21, 1954 - April 21, 2011)


Late Ashley Nwosu

Late Ashley Nwosu

Ashley Nwosu was born on November 21, 1954 in Umuahia-Oboro, Abia State. The Nollywood star died, because he could not afford the required medical treatment to save his life. He died on April 21, 2011 in Yaba-Lagos, Nigeria.

Lugard Onoyemu (Died: February 14, 2013)

Late Lugard Onoyemu

Late Lugard Onoyemu

Lugard Onoyemu slumped and died while training at the Stadium in Surulere, Lagos in 2013. He was the former Secretary of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN)

Clems Onyeka (Died: October 14, 2014)

Late Clems Onyeka

Late Clems Onyeka

The handsome Nollywood actor was killed by stray bullet in Asaba Delta state, during a police and armed robbers fracas in 2014. Clems Onyeka died instantly after he was hit by the bullet.

Tony Umole (Died: July 5, 2013)

Late Tony Umole

Late Tony Umole

Tony Umole died on July 5, 2013, the cause of his death is yet unknown, but it was he died mysteriously. The Nollywood actor was well known for his role in 'One Love' soap opera.

Enebeli Elebuwa (Born: February 14, 1947 - December 4, 2012)

Late Enebeli Elebuwa

Late Enebeli Elebuwa

Enebeli Elebuwa died of stroke in an Indian hospital where he was receiving treatment in 2012. The veteran actor started acting in 1967 and the first soap opera he did was Mirror in the Sun.

Christy Essien Igbokwe (Born: November 1, 1960 - June 30, 2011)

Late Christy Essien Igbokwe

Late Christy Essien Igbokwe

Christy Essien Igbokwe was born on 1 November 1960, in Akwa Ibom State. She was a musician and actress, she popularly known as the The Lady of songs in Nigeria. She died on June 30, 2011 after a brief illness at the age of 50.

Peter Bunor (Died: May 2, 2015)

Late Peter Bunor

Late Peter Bunor

Peter Bunor battled stroke for five years before he died on 2, May 2015, in Delta Asaba. He was a popular actor who featured in several movies.

Toun Oni (Died: July 8, 2010)

The veteran actress known as Mama T died at the age of 68, in 2010, after a brief illness. she died as she was being rushed to St. Paula Hospital, Ebute-Metta.

Late Toun Oni

Late Toun Oni

She she featured more in soap operas than movies and her most prominent soap is Fuji House of Commotion.

Olaitan Babatunde Aka Langogo (Died: December 14, 2014)

Late Olaitan Babatunde Aka Langogo

Late Olaitan Babatunde Aka Langogo

Langogo was a popular comical Yoruba actor who died after he suffered from an undisclosed sickness for a while. He passed away on December 14, 2014 in Ibadan.

Ray Daniels Okeugo (Died: October 25, 2013)

Late Ray Daniels Okeugo

Late Ray Daniels Okeugo

Ray Daniels Okeugo is an actor and photographer, he died on Friday, October 25, 2013, after a brief illness.

Collins Ifeanyi Chukwu (Died: February 15, 2013)

Late Collins Ifeanyi Chukwu

Late Collins Ifeanyi Chukwu

Collins Ifeanyi Chukwu was an actor and producer based in Abuja. He died on February 15, 2013 at the Maitama General Hospital after a brief illness.

Janet Atayero-Oluseye (Died: October 23, 2013)

Late Janet Atayero-Oluseye

Late Janet Atayero-Oluseye

The beautiful Yoruba actress died as a result of minor foot pain that degenerated over time and left her in a bad condition. All efforts to cure her proved abortive and that led to her death.

Cassandra Gabriel (Died: May 2012)

Late Cassandra Gabriel on the set of Face to face soap opera

Late Cassandra Gabriel on the set of Face to face soap opera

The beautiful and talented actress was popular in the TV comedy series, Face2Face where she played the character, Sisi Carol. It was reported that She died of breast cancer.

Tosin Badmus (Died: November 28, 2015)

Late Tosin Abenaide Badmus

The fast rising Yoruba actress died on 28th of November 2015.  Tosin Badmus passed away after she had complained of malaria and was rushed to hospital but died the next day.

Dede One Day (Died: December 14, 2015)

Dede One Day slumped while performing on stage in Aba and was rushed to the hospital. He later died in the early hours on Monday 14th of December, 2015.

Dede One Day died on Sunday, 14th of December 2015 in Aba

Dede One Day died on Sunday, 14th of December 2015 in Aba

Dede On Day has been battling with high blood pressure for sometime now before he eventually passed on while anchoring a traditional marriage in Ogwe community of Ukwa west LGA in Abia state.



  1. Amaechi Ekeh

    November 30, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Surprisingly enough, I never knew that some of the actors and actresses listed here have died. Thanks for the researched works and for keeping us updated!

  2. Arowolo monday

    December 18, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Wow so all this actors and actresses are all dead. This is amazing .may their souls rest in peace

  3. clement

    January 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    O my GOD that’s shocking may their souls rest in internal perfect peace in Jesus name

  4. Ehis

    June 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    May all the departed souls rest in perfect peace Amen.

  5. Rosemary muguru

    August 8, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    May they all rest in perfect peace till we meet again.

  6. Renate Martin

    August 14, 2017 at 11:33 am

    It is a very a bit loss. May they soul rest in peace

  7. Hlalukana

    October 26, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Im the follower of this guys from South AfricaOthers died just because they cant afford medical payment which means the govt be blamed new revolution is needed all over Africa to force govt to pay for health at least and education EFF is needed all over to be the pain in their asses

  8. Mr Frank Ansah

    March 3, 2018 at 6:40 am

    may de peace rest on their souls

  9. Maryrose Sunday

    May 24, 2018 at 11:08 am

    May the soul of the departed rest in peace, Amen

  10. Mama Asha

    June 9, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Nigeria must / can establish National Health Services as other oil rich nations do. Why let great and regular people die because money? Totally unexceptable‼️👎🏽😩. May these beloved souls Rest In Peace. 💕💕💕

  11. Faith kimeto

    June 14, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    i am a Kenyan and a very big fan for Nollywood movies those are big talents lost Rest in peace though God knows better…………aahhh i didnt know … sad now…….

    • otunga samwel

      September 9, 2018 at 9:24 am


  12. Ifeanyi Aniekwe

    July 4, 2018 at 12:38 am

    So many of them died of Heart Failure, Diabetes and “After a brief illness, people must be mindful of what they consume, and the worst is that many are unable to pay off their health charges…. Government Why?

  13. Cecill

    July 10, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Surprisingly,,,the best of the best are gone,,,just can’t believe t,,,may their souls be kept in peace eternally,,,

  14. milicent jerotich

    July 17, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    rest in peace

  15. Bethel

    July 30, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    R.I.P..may their souls rest in the bossom of the lord

  16. Befine

    August 2, 2018 at 7:09 am


  17. stella

    August 3, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    may their perfect soul rest in peace till we depart from dis wicked world and meet again na wa o!

  18. David davou

    August 16, 2018 at 5:22 am

    may their souls rest in perfect peace with the amen

  19. Nikki

    August 19, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Oh my God! May they rest in the bosom of the lord! It’s so sad to hear .

  20. Tetteh

    August 21, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I prefer watching these nollywood stars on the screen than my Ghanaian actors and actresses. It’s very shocking to hear of their sudden and mysterious deaths. May their souls rest in peace

  21. James Mary

    August 27, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Oh! I missed you so much my great nollywood actors/actresses, but God knows best.

  22. Raphael Glory

    September 5, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Seriously I never knew most of this actors and actresses are dead just f lt like checking… It’s well…. May their soul rest in peace…
    Thank you God for the gift of life

  23. Erick Nyabuti

    September 6, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Seriously they are all gone, may their souls rest in perfect peace till we meet again

  24. Glo

    September 14, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    I can’t believe that most of the actors /actresses I have been searching for are dead. The death of some of them are annoying. May their souls RIP. Amen

  25. brainbboiz

    September 16, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Why is it dat if not strock it will be kedney failure or paralize body disease

  26. Victor

    October 3, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Life is not what some take it to be… Anybody can depart at any time, the question is are we prepared? Our soul must be ready to meet our maker anytime the call comes, whether in the market place, while sleeping etc. Oh what a painful exit of generals!

  27. Aaron

    October 22, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Woow it waz a painful exist to all the wonderful actors and actress,they made inpart in nigeria nollywood film, there will be no more actors and actress like them in the film movies. may there soul rest in perfect peace.

  28. Beatrice mbulo

    October 26, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    May their soul rest in peace to peace what a big lose

  29. kenneth kuyokwa

    November 22, 2018 at 9:23 am

    its been a painful time where we could lost some nollywood actors and actress in a shot period of time.Thank you for the update researches

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