According to his family, legendary actor and former broadcaster Pete Edochie, 75, is healthy and alive, dispelling rumors that he passed away in an accident, according to Prime Business Africa.
A mysterious blog claimed that Edochie, who has been in dozens of Nollywood blockbusters, has passed away.
Emeka Rollas, president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, strongly denounced the publication of such damaging stories and gave the assurance that those responsible will face legal action.
Edochie’s son, Uche in an Instagram post cleared the air on the story.
“Hi everyone. My dad is fine. No, he is not dead and he has not been in an accident. Believe it or not, for the past twenty years, a group of people has taken up the task of declaring that my dad is dead,” he wrote.
“They do this every other year. Human beings are a weird bunch. I wonder what motivates people to do things like this. These are adults.
“I guess they do it to drive traffic to their websites or just for their attention, Who knows. If this was a one-off incident, I would not even bother to talk about it. But they have persisted.
“They have been doing this for years now and in the past few days, friends are calling us yet again. My dad must be some sort of superhero because according to the people peddling this news, he has died like a hundred times in the past twenty years.
“Anyway thanks guys. Just needed to drop a quick one and shut this madness down. Have a superb week.”
The ‘Ebubedike’ of Nteje town in Anambra state worked with the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) in the old Anambra state.
He was also a Correspondent with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa service.
Edochie played the role of Okonkwo in the Things Fall Apart television series, an adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s best selling novel.
His sons, Yul and Klint Edochie are household names in the movie industry. His sister in-law, Rita Edochie married to broadcaster Tony ‘Tony Saint T-boy’ Edochie is one of the most sought-after women actors in Nigeria.