Eric Arubayi, gospel singer and ex-Idols contestant, is dead

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Eric Arubayi, gospel singer, who emerged 3rd runner-up at the first edition of West African Idol singing competition, has died. The singer is said to have died on Saturday at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, PUNCH reports. Arubayi, who was in his mid-30s, reportedly fell sick during the week and was rushed to the hospital. He is survived by his wife of three years, Chinonso, and a child. The singer and wife celebrated their third wedding anniversary in December. His wife, Chinonso, works as a content producer at Spice TV Channel and is also a make-up vlogger. Although unconfirmed, many reports suggest that he complained of malaria before ending up at the hospital. TheBBbuzz team has been unable to confirm the circumstances surrounding his death as messages put across to his wife were unanswered. Arubayi’s last post was a message to Freke Umoh, which was two weeks ago. Before then, he had wished happy birthday to , winner of the inaugural West African Idol competition, and Paul Adefarasin, pastor at House on The Rock Church. The singer is most popular for I Go Make Am, a song released in 2011. Many celebrities have already taken to social media to pay tributes to the singer.


  1. fourunner

    February 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    may his soul rest in peace

  2. Emmix Manuel

    February 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm


  3. Adeyemi Adeleye

    February 12, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Haaaa…. Gone too soon…. May your soul rest in a serene cottage

  4. Bright Meek Phronesis Odei

    February 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Sad sad sad. RIP

  5. Grace Aigbokhae

    February 12, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    So Sad may his soul rest in peace.

  6. Egwuatu Mary

    February 12, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    So sad. RIP

  7. Chibuike Ani

    February 13, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Eternal rest grant him oh Lord!