Veteran actor Sadiq Daba, who became a household in Nigeria for his role as Bitrus in the NTA drama series Cock Crow at Dawn, has died.
He died on Wednesday evening after falling critically ill at his Marwa Garden residence in Alausa, Lagos State.
“Yes, he is dead. May his soul rest in peace,” an actor close to him said in a message to this online newspaper.
Another source said “he was rushed from his Marwa Garden home in an ambulance to Ikeja General Hospital but died inside the Ambulance.”
Mr Daba had been ill with leukemia and prostate cancer for years before his death.
He reached out to the public for financial assistance for medical treatment in October 2019.
This plea came three months after billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola, announced he would take over the medical expenses of the actor who had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
President of Women Arise for Change Initiative, Joe Okei-Odumakin, disclosed in an Instagram post that Daba’s health had taken a nosedive.
“We use this medium to appeal to you, our great people to lend a helping hand to our ailing TV Personality.
“May your love for our fellow human beings be eternally rewarded as we pray for swift healing of our friend, Sadiq.
“Please send your support to the dedicated account and send the alert through messenger,” Okei-Odumakin wrote, adding that they have a N1million target.