Ace comedian and radio/television script writer, Chief James Iroha, alias Giringory Akabogu of the famed New Masquerade, died last Tuesday after a brief illness.
His second son, Chiemela , said he “fought hard to live, but could not pull through”.
Chiemela said his father suffered a relapse after he returned from India two weeks before his death.
He said: “Following the relapse, my father was taken to a private hospital at Onitsha, where he died on Tuesday at 7.45am.
“His body has been taken to a mortuary at Umuahia.”
Chiemela debunked a media report that his father died in penury.
He said the publication is “false” and “malicious.”
Chiemela thamked the Abia State Government for its support in the battle to save his father.
He said: “Two of my siblings and I have taken in the footsteps of our father.”
Governor Theodore Orji has commiserated with the family.
In a statement by his media aide, Ugochukwu Emezue, Orji described the exit of the humour merchant as “a painful loss to Abia, Ndigbo and Nigeria.
Orji said the late Iroha used the New Masquerade to correct some ills in the society
He prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
via The Nation
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