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GOV. SEYI MAKINDE, FRANK EDOHO AND OTHERS MOURN SOUND SULTAN AS HE WAS BURIED

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NIGERIAN singer, Olanrewaju Fasasi popularly known as Sound Sultan died yesterday, after battling with cancer of the throat. He died at age 44.

A statement released by Dr Kayode Fasasi on behalf of the family said: “It’s with heavy heart that we announce the passing of multi-talented singer, rapper, songwriter, Olanrewaju Fasasi, a.k.a Sound Sultan. He passed away at the age of 44, following a hard-fought battle with ‘angioimmunoblastic t-cell lymphoma’.

In May 2021, the story broke that Sound Sultan was battling throat cancer in the United States of America. But this was later debunked by close family members, who said that although he was ill, he didn’t have cancer.

According to the report, the singer was already in the United States receiving treatment. The artiste had also given hope to his numerous fans, following a post he made on his Instagram page on Fathers’ Day.

Sound Sultan stated that he would tell everyone the true story himself when the time comes. Taking to his verified Instagram page,he wrote: “ I must not ignore the massive show of love. Thank you all. I will tell you my story myself, it will be true, not false.”

The fans of the iconic singer have been praying for his health following reports that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy in the US. Meanwhile, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, the Iseyin community and some of his colleagues paid glowing tributes to the late singer.

A statement by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to the governor, Moses Alao, quoted Makinde as saying that Oyo State lost in Sound Sultan “a humble, unassuming but truly great talent and a shining light who has positively impacted the society with his act.” The governor said: “The news of the death of popular singer and producer, Lanre Fasasi popularly known as Sound Sultan, unsettled me greatly.

“From afar, Sound Sultan cuts the figure of a well-bred young man, who achieved stardom by dint of hard work and managed to remain relevant without falling to the entrapments of fame and youthful exuberance. “In him, Oyo State lost a truly great but humble artiste and ambassador. We lost an individual who tried his best to positively impact his society through entertainment.

Also, Femi Kuti, who expressed shock over the singer’s death, in a post on his Instagram page, said: “I am shocked and sad at the passing of Sound Sultan, I pray our creator gives his family strength at this time.”

Also paying her tribute, rapper, Weird MC, wrote on IG: “This one hit real hard. I’m numb but I choose to remember the joyful times of the continuous unveiling of your God-given Artistry. “I choose not to mourn because you have gone back home to our father in heaven. Lanre rest well. Lord thank you as you receive your son. It was such a huge honour to have met and experienced you. Rest in peace, my friend.”

Popular TV host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu described Sound Sultan’s demise as “Heartbreaking” adding “literally the nicest human being you’ll ever meet.”

In her tribute, actress, Kate Henshaw, wrote “I have never called on you that you have said no to my request. You show up every blessed time and on time too.”

Comedian, Mr. Macaronii, wrote: “Rest In Peace Sound Sultan. Absolute Legend. May God grant his family, his friends and fans worldwide the fortitude to bear this tragic loss.

TV host, Frank Edoho, wrote: “The nicest, most humble and talented person you could ever know, Sound Sultan.” On her part, actress, Juliet Ibrahim wrote: “This one pain me #gonetoosoon one of the most real and most supportive and humble legends of all times. Forever in our hearts bro. words fail me.”

Also, commiserating with the deceased’s family, the people of Iseyin in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State, where Sound Sultan hailed from, especially the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abdulganiyu Oloogunebi, expressed sadness over the demise of the renowned singer. He said the death of the musician was a big blow to the people of the community. The statement reads: “Sound Sultan was one of the ambassadors of our community, he lived a good life, worthy of emulation by young ones and I pray the Lord Almighty to grant him Aljannah.”

Sound Sultan has been finally laid to rest in the United State where he passed on yesterday according to his religion rite.  

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