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West African Idol 3rd runner up, Eric Arubayi, is dead

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  • Gospel Singer Eric Arubayi is dead after a brief illness

The gospel singer reportedly died on February 11, 2017 at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital.

Reports say the singer had fallen sick during the week and was rushed to the hospital where he had his last breathe.

He came to limelight after he won the 3rd runner up of the first edition of West African Idols in 2007, when he competed with Omowunmi, Timi Dakolo and others.

Timi Dakolo was the winner of the competition.

The gospel singer later ventured into interior decoration after the competition.

Eric in one of his interviews confirmed that he was greatly influenced by Boyz 11 Men, “I copied their style of singing at a time by forming a musical group of four where we did all the gymnastics.”

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He released his debut album “Redefined” in 2011. The album contains the following songs: Mama Song, I Go Make Am, True Love Again, Africa with Philadephia, She is Crazy, To Be Je, Smile Smile, and I’m Just Me.

He worshipped at House on The Rock, where he was a lead singer of the church’s choir.

Eric’s last show

Eric’s last show was January 27, 2017 tagged Praise and Miracles (PAM) which was held at the Divine Christian Assembly, 33, Community Road off LASU, Igando Road, Obadare Bust stop, Lagos State.

Eric’s family

His father, Professor Eric Arubayi, was the Vice-Chancellor of Delta State University, Abraka.

He is survived by a wife, Chinonso, who is a makeup artiste, YouTube beauty blogger (vblogger) and content creator at Spice TV.

Their only child Jayden Arubayi was born on January 3, 2015.

May his gospel soul rest in peace.

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