Goldie, Eric Arubayi and other ex-reality show stars who died too early

Posted on February 17 2017 , at 07:03 am
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  • We've lost a few well before their time.

We’ve lost a few well before their time

Days ago, news broke that Gospel singer and former Idols West Africa contestant, Eric Arubayi had passed on.

Thousands of condolence messages began to pour in for the Star everywhere on social media.

Eric had come into people’s consciousness through the 2007 West African Idols show and even though he went the gospel route after then, it was what most people talked about when they paid respects.

READ: Singer Eric Arubayi’s death may have been as a result of expired drugs

However, he is not the only one who died after partaking in a major reality show.

Below are the other ex-contestants of a show that broke numerous hearts across the continent when they died.


Susan ‘Goldie’ Harvey

The singer died hours after complaining of a headache

Back in 2012, Goldie was a contestant on the Big Brother Africa show. Already a singer signed to Kennis Music, the star had her own fan base before joining the reality show.

Months after leaving the house though, on February 14, 2013, Goldie passed on. She had just returned from LA where she attended the Grammys.

READ: Nigerians remember Goldie 4 years after her death

The singer was just 29.


Chidinma Mbalaso

She took part in Koko Mansion

Two years after contesting on Koko Mansion, Chidinma Mbalaso passed on.

The ex-contestant on the only season of the show had been involved in a car accident in Kaduna which led to her untimely death.

Chidinma was only 22.


Evelyn Eveva Sitali

She was 29 when she passed on

A contestant on Big Brother Africa: The Chase, Evelyn became known to Africa via the reality show.

But a few years after the reality show, the Zambian star unfortunately passed away.

According to a statement released via her official page in May 2016, Evelyn had an accident in 2014.

READ: How former Big Brother housemate, Eveva Sitali died at 29

She had undergone surgeries on her leg since the accident. However, she didn’t survive the final surgery on May 7, 2016.

Evelyn was 29.


Eric Arubayi

Eric’s survived by a wife and kid

On February 11, former Idols West Africa contestant, Eric Arubayi passed on.

Eric died after complications arose because of the reported usage of an expired drug and triggered a previously existing liver disease.

He was in his early 30s.

This post first appeared on TNS.

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