Eric Arubayi, a Nigerian gospel singer and the 3rd runner up of West African Idol, died on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
His passing was confirmed to The Trent by fellow West African Idol Alumnus, Timi Dakolo, who won the reality TV contest in 2007.
Arubayi was a popular worship leader at the House on the Rock Church and performed at many gospel events around the country. He launched his debut album, Redefined in 2011. The album featured stars like Jesse Jagz. He is popularly known for hits like I Go Make Am, Mr DJ, One Love, One Voice, andEverything. He was also an interior decorator.
“I hate to lose anybody. There’s no happy man like Eric,” Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the senior pastor of House on The Rock Church in Lagos, is quoted as saying on Sunday.
“Eric is with God now. Eric cannot be resurrected, he is not coming back. He’s dead…with the Lord but he’s happy. We mourn because we miss him but Eric is in a good place now.”
Eric Arubayi, who was married with a child, reportedly took ill and bought a malaria drug and took it.
Unfortunately, the drug was expired and led to a kidney failure. He was rushed to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, where he went into a coma and died a few days later.
This detail was published on Twitter by Jude ‘Feranmi, the youth leader of KOWA Party. There have been reactions to this news.
The late gospel singer was the son of Professor Eric and Diana Arubayi. His father Prof. Eric Arubayi was the vice chancellor of Delta State University, and his childhood was spent in the town of Abraka, where he grew up with his three siblings – Erica, Derrick and Daniel.
Eric Arubayi married makeup artist, vlogger, and model, Chinonso in December 2013 in their home state of Delta. They had a son, Jaden.