The family of the late Nollywood actress, Ms Folakemi Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi, has discredited reports linking her death and the deaths of her siblings to complications from COVID-19.
The late 61-year-old actress died on January 6, while her older brother, Mr. Steve Onisola, who was the Technical Director of the Ilorin Kwara Falcons Basketball Club, passed away on January 7, at the age of 72 years.
Her younger sister, Ms. Janet Ademola, is said to have died as a result of a complication stemming from the shock of the deaths of her siblings on January 9.
However, some reports that went viral on social media platforms indicated that Orisabunmi contracted COVID-19 at an event where a popular gospel artist, Esther Igbekele, performed in Ibadan, Oyo state in December.
The report added that Orisabunmi later infected other members of the family.
However, the family described the reports as unfounded lies.
Oluwaseun Adelubi, a family member, said: “We have been hearing and reading the baseless lies circulating on social media that his death is related to COVID-19, but I can tell you that it is a lie, such nonsense should be ignored.
“I’m not sure what those behind the lies want to accomplish with their stupid act of misinforming unsuspecting members of the public with unfounded lies about the Onisola family. The coach died in Ilorin, while Orisabunmi and Aunt Bukky died in Ibadan.
“Death is not what you pray for, but the death toll in the family, last week, is not about COVID-19. It was just a coincidence and we have been praying to God to prevent such an event in our family.“
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