Eric Arubayi has lost his life!
According to numerous sources, the Gospel singer and runner-up of the first season of Idols West Africa, died after battling a brief illness.
The singer, said to be in his early 30s, reportedly fell ill earlier this week, and was rushed to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, where he died on February 11, 2017.
Arubayi is survived by his wife, Chinonso, and son.
The couple recently celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary.
His family is yet to release an official statement.
The news of the sudden death of gospel singer Eric Arubayi has caused an instantaneous outpouring of grief and mourning from the celebrities and fans of the singer.
Arubayi died on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital after battling an illness.
Eric Arubayi, a Nigerian singer/songwriter shot into the limelight following his participation in the first season of Idols West Africa in 2007 where he was the fourth runner up.
Here are some of the remembrances posted on social media today, February 12.
Fine young man Eric Arubayi! But ur soul is d finest cos u gave it 2 d Lord!Plus ur talent!Devil ntooorr u lost this one!He's with the Lord! pic.twitter.com/d1DK1ZuH4p
— Obiora Obiwon (@ObioraObiwon) February 12, 2017
“Your Kindness…I Remember Your Kindness And That Smile Of Yours… And Your Voice..How Can We Ever Forget That Voice… Sleep Well Eric” – Adesua Etomi.
“Never Forget you my brother !!! Rest with God Erico I know ure leading the worship in heaven ryt now. Live with Jesus @ericarubayi” – Ice Prince.
“Wow! Eric! Wow! May your soul rest brother…. ” – Ruggedman.
“I am so broken right now… it’s not like you will come here and read this so what is even the purpose of this? I feel so selfish for not even calling to say Happy New Year… The last time I saw you, you said ‘Mobutu, you never come know my house’. Eric with tears in my eyes I’m saying I’m sorry. I will be a better friend, I will make an effort to just reach out and say hello not to you anymore cos you are resting with God, but to all the people I call my friends.
Rest in peace my dear brother” – Omawumi.
Just hearing of the death of West Africa Idol star Eric Arubayi. So sad! What a loss ??? great talent too. Hugs to his wife & fam. RIP Eric
— Adaure Achumba (@adaure) February 11, 2017
— Daniel Ademinokan (@DaBishop007) February 11, 2017
I'm so sad right now… just sitting on this couch sobbing! We are losing too many young men… RIP Eric
— Godwin Tom (@GodwinTom) February 11, 2017
— Isioma 'Jazz' Osaje (@MsJazzyfied) February 12, 2017