Breaking News: Veteran Nollywood Actor Sam Loco Efe Dies At 69

Posted on August 07 2011 , at 05:01 pm
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By Lamide Akintobi

The Nigerian entertainment industry has again been thrown into a state of sadness as one of its key players, Sam Loco-Efe passed away in his hotel room while on location in Owerri, Eastern Nigeria.

The veteran actor,  one of the most gifted thespians of his generation had been frail for years, causing him to purportedly quit smoking and drinking – two of his major habits – in 2008.

Full details weren’t available at press time, but president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Segun Arinze confirmed to us that the 69-year-old actor died on Sunday August 7, 2011. ‘Yes it’s quite true. I’ll be making a statement tomorrow morning, I can’t say much because I want to verify details.’

As expected, fans and colleagues are shocked and bewildered – and many are already showering tributes on the late actor. Loco’s death comes barely months after another veteran Ashley Nwosu passed in Lagos, and about a month after another legendary entertainer Christy Essien-Igbokwe died.

Born in Enugu, Sam Loco-Efeeimwonkiyeke was an indigene of Benin in Edo state. He is survived by 6 children.

A graduate of theatre arts from the University of Ibadan, he shot to instant fame after he was voted best actor for his role in Langbodo, Nigeria’s only drama entry for the historic FESTAC ’77. He went on to establish himself as a remarkable stage actor and mentor to an entire generation of actors. He was also a major player in the movie industry, playing a variety of roles in Igbo and English movies for over three decades.

A chain smoker, drinker and womanizer, he once told reporters ‘Whatever gives you pleasure, please do it… I think one is free to do whatever gives him or her pleasure, provided one does not destroy self in the process.’

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Comments (84)

  • She need to, becos, she is marrying to an Esan man,she need to respect herself, and her hursband.

  • We will miss you so much are one everybody wants to be like and you leave so soon what a pity.may your soul rest in peace.

  • A versatile, humorous, multi-talent icon just left. Its a big loss. His roles in movies potrayed his personality. We’ll miss u much. R.i.p

  • what am i hearing dat sam loco is dead!!i just finish watching one of his movies hrs ago, R.I.P SAM LOCO EFE,we will miss u.

  • Another legend is gone wats happening, i so much like dis man rite now he is no more, who is going to fill dis vacum. Loco may ur soul rest in perfect peace. AMEN..????

  • What!!dat sam loco efe is dead,and i just finish watching one of his movies hrs ago.ooh sam loco may ur soul R.I.P,we will miss u dearly.

  • I feel like weeping,infact am cry cause he s my best comedian actor am realy going tu miss u RIP papa p

  • dis is d least news i hated so much,a legend is stolen,Sam loco 4 ‘IKUKU’ i’ll neva 4gt may ur gentle soul rest in perfect peace AMEN

  • it pains to hear that u leave this world without a icon of truth and equity.we will ever miss u,ur gramma and ur action.ADIEU.MAY UR SOUL REST IN PEACE.

  • de pain is nt on de day of missin our dear pain is really wen we leav witout dem n wit der presence in ur mind. We miss u all sam loco.

  • i am short of words to hear dat my grate arctor is dead. D only one dat made me put up an intreast on commedy films. Wen wil dis cry end and who wil speak dat his big english for me again. Sam loco, i luv u but d Most High God luv u most. May ur gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen

  • No one can predict d happenings of d nxt moment.we all have a hold on on God knwn dat wen we die,we will b wiv our creator.R.I.P sam!

  • A grand father is gone!daddy sam,the last I heard of u was on the 5th of august when you called me to verify the shooting of everyday people,I saw u last on 25th of dec,2010,when you celebrated ur birthday with some of ur lovely children.we all miss u so much especially all the cast and crew of everyday people.we will meet again,good night LAUGHTER OF MANY FACES!!!

  • Hmmmm its very hard to believe that the GREAT IROKO TREE has fallen. sam Loco Efe may your soul rest in peace, we are gonna miss u

  • SAM,WHY GOD REMOVE U FROM US LIKE THIS?.Africans are missing you. Rest in peace (JEE NKE OMA).

  • Hmm! I feel teribly bad. Its shocking 2 believe. Well, wot more bt 2 say adieu fellow thespian, mentor, and father. We’l mis u so gr8ly

  • Big daddy Sam,first i didnt belive it bt nw i do.nd i say nw,i am nt hpy bt who am i 2 question God.PAPA SAM MAY UR SOUL REST IN PEACE IN JESUS NAME AMEN.

  • Oh my God i can’t believe dat daddy sam loco is dead. I was watchin one of his movie tittle Daddy Must Obey. oh wat a great lost! May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

  • Oh God, wat a terrible accident? We luv u but God luv u best may ur soul rest in peace. Amen!!!

  • Papa Sam we in The Gambia will always remember you may your sold rest in peace.We love Amen

  • U are in our thoughts nd Prayers. Fondest remembrances thinking of u nd offering u hope nd comfort. May you find peace nd love in the memories u cherish. We all missed u sam..

  • people like uncle sam don,t need to die at a time when we are still enjoying his product, nature should have allowed sam loco to die at a time where nobody can even think of him not at a moment like this .any way God made to be like that ,so who are we to judge. SAM MAY YOUR PERFECT SOUL REST IN PEACE

  • Ur death is indeed a great loss, ur wl 4eva liv in our memories. We wl mis u so much uncle Sam. Safe jouney!!

  • Sam loco efe is father of all actors,he is a man that makes me happy each time i switch on my TV to watch sam loco efe movies am always fill with joy in my and get interested to watch his movie more but sudded a short news was report that he is die. Indeed nollywood have lost a great super star no one will be like he. May his soul rest in prefect peace.Amen

  • daddy sam, even when crying i still laugh blc u are a great man who deserve not to die but because we love u and God loves u most go and be with him, papa rest in peace.

  • Pa sam,D great icon was gone…D father of akin and pawpaw in d movie(small rats)may him soul rest in peace.

  • He kept at true gud humor’s mark that social flow of pleasure’s tide,he never made a brow look dark,nor causd a tear,but whn he sam we miss u.may ur gentle soul rest in peace.Amen

  • Sam loco was a real entertainer, he was a mentor to others. Even in his death his memory lingers on in our hearts. adieu papa, sleep well!

  • it is a pity dat i had d death of samloco so sorry 4 is families and d actors.Late sam loco his movie dat i watch before i had dat he die is and grts 2 his family take mind u d family.

  • I do believe dat dia is time 4 every thing on earth, i also believe dat gud & bad tins hapens 4 d name of God 2 b elevated. Rest in d bosom of our dear Lord d Nigerian Nollywood actor.

  • Well I do believe dat dia is time 4 every thing on earth, i also believe dat gud & bad tins hapens 4 d name of God 2 b elevated. Rest in d bosom of our dear Lord d Nigerian Nollywood actor.

  • Y wld u finally leave us, y wldn’t u survive, y wld u leave alwys pains n tearz in our eyez, we kno its tru, bt it is well wit u, n we wil cntnue 2 miss u till da day we meet up again. I wsh u culd wake up nw…oh papa sam, Rest wit da lord.

  • It is always difficult to believe the death of our beloved one, but the nature had forced us to accept it. sam loco was one of my favourite artist. my condolence to his family & fans. i will really miss him.

  • It is a big lost for Nigeria film industry and the world at large. There will never be another Sam Loco, with the use of his language and style. We both regret the lost.

  • This world is so cruel that it takes our beloved wanz without considering our filings

  • This are lies that should be burned from media Mr loco is alive and will live for long
    and i pray for him to reach 100 years and above. He is my number two best actor after
    ibu (john okofar).

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