Ernest Asuzu is Dead

Nollywood Star Slumps and Dies

By  | Jan 27, 2021, 03:32 PM  | Ernest Asuzu  | Top of The

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Nollywood actor Ernest Asuzu is dead. According to reports he slumped and died around 9 pm on Tuesday. His wife broke the news to fellow actor and lawmaker Desmond Elliot.

Until his death on Tuesday, Ernest Asuzu had been promoting his album The Truth. A few years ago, he was unwell and battling a stroke. Videos circulating the internet revealed the once vibrant and energetic actor to be undernourished and in dire need of assistance.

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Ernest was one of the early practitioners in the Entertainment industry. His works cut across both the movie and music side of thing. As a musician, he used the sobriquet El Cream. He was most popular for portraying the antagonist or hitman in Nigerian Thrillers.

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His claim to fame was in the 90s movies Rituals and Another Campus Queen.  His career started on a downward slope after he suffered a stroke and was bedridden. He was on track to rebuilding his brand after being away from the scene for years.

He hailed from Imo state but completed primary and secondary education in Lagos. In his time, he was ranked in the same category as Charles Okocha, Jim Iyke, Emma Ehumadu.

He won the award for Best Supporting Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for his role in Labista and has over 100 titles to is credit.  
In the last known interview he had in December 2020, he mentioned that he was back better and stronger, and was preparing to return to work. He revealed that he released a music album titled The Truth, hoping to explore the many sides to his creativity. He also claimed that he suspected his stroke was a spiritual attack.
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His album The Truth had seven tracks: I Got Love For My GOD, I Love Jesus, What You Gonna Do, Ore Mi, MamaHausa, Cream Talk 1 & 2.

In 2010, Ernest got married to Jennifer Asuzu and they stayed married till the time of his death. In recent posts on social media, he seemed pumped to take on whatever challenges would arise in his quest to get back in the spotlight. No one would have guessed that his comeback would be cut short

This will not be the first time that the news of a veteran actor’s death will make the news, but there is a consensus that not enough is done to take care of and honour the people who entertain the Nigerian populace and by extension, the rest of the world.

They devote their lives to their craft for the better part of their years but become forgotten as soon as they leave the stage. Ernest will now join the league of stars who have twinkled their last. In the past year, Nigeria lost Matt Alkali, to the cold hand of death

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The Actors Guild of Nigeria had announced in February of 2020 that it was making plans to help Ernest Get back on his feet. The results will now remain to be seen in the lives of the family he left behind.

May his soul rest in peace.

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