The popular veteran actor and star of the nineties ‘Andrew checking out’ fame has passed out, breathing his last breath in an Indian Hospital on Tuesday night.

He passed away  in a Delhi hospital in India, where he has been receiving treatment for stroke for the past four months.

The news of his death was conveyed by Delta State governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan,  who confirmed his death to the family and colleagues.

Prior to his tranfere to India, Enebeli received   treatment in an Abuja hospital but was  flown to India by the Delta State Government following his depreciating report following a massive stroke. Reports and pictures from India lately  had betrayed the news of his death as  they have all along  been positive until the news of his death on Tuesday night.

Richard Mofe-Damijo confirmed the story to NAN. He said that the governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, was the one that broke the news to him Wednesday morning.

Mr Damijo said: “I spoke to him last week and he was in great spirits and was thanking the government for taking care of him. He told me he was much better and walking with his feet. In fact we were even beginning to think of his return.

“He will be greatly missed. He was a fantastic human being and a great actor. He was a gentle giant.

“I was close to him and I will miss his gentle and sweet personality because he was a great man, as well as an accomplished actor,”  a mourning Richard Damijo  said.

Reacting to the news, Joseph Benjamin, an actor and host of the popular MTN Project Fame said:“It is indeed a great loss to our industry.

“He is most respected and cherished and although we never worked together, I have the utmost and profound respect for him. He is one of the greatest and he will surely be missed. My heart goes out to his family.”

Ebube Nwagbo, an actress also had this to say, “It’s such a sad news after all the struggles. But God knows best. It’s such a big loss to Nollywood and beyond. May his soul rest in perfect peace.”

Ghanaian actor, Van Vicker,tweeted:”I have worked with Enebeli Elebuwa, he was a fantastic actor, may his soul rest in peace. Nollywood has lost another great one.”

Elebuwa hails from Ukpane in Otagunu Local Government Area, Delta State, Nigeria. He started acting in 1967 and the first soap opera he did was Mirror in the Sun.

He also featured as a police officer in the popular Village Headmaster drama series.

He has more than 130 movies to his name and they include: “The King and the Maiden”, “Royal Fight”, “Dry My Tears”, “Last Chance”, “Heart of a Fighter” and “Implication” among others.

Ngozi Ezeonu and the actor, Enebeli on a movie set

He was married with four kids.

(NAN)