As Nigerians mourn the death of singer Olanrewaju Fasasi popularly known as Sound Sultan; Nigeria’s President Mohammadu Buhari, has also mourned the legendary singer and basketballer, who died on Sunday after a hard-fought battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma-cancer of the throat.
The president through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, expressed his condolences to the family of Olanrewaju Fasasi on Monday in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari condoles with the Fasasi family on the loss of Sound Sultan.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the Fasasi family on the death of renowned singer and songwriter, Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan, aged 44″.
“The President notes that Sound Sultan’s demise is not only a loss to the Nigerian music industry but the country as a whole.
“As a celebrated rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, he lived an exemplary life, achieved several milestones in his career, and contributed greatly to the development of the Nigerian music and entertainment industry through his artistic genius, creativity, and talent, which has inspired many young Nigerians in the industry”.
“The deceased, President Buhari affirms, was kind, generous, and deeply passionate about issues in the country, which reflected in his music and art, and as an avid basketball fan, he made telling contributions to the development of local basketball in the country”.
“The President prays for the eternal repose of the soul of the departed and divine peace and comfort for the family, friends, and associates.”
Recall that, Baba Dee the elder brother to the late singer rebuffed reports that Sound Sultan had throat cancer. Multiple media reports on the 12th of May, 2021, stated that Sound Sultan was reportedly diagnosed with throat cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy in the US.
Sound sultan died on the 11th of July after fighting throat cancer. He has been buried according to Muslim traditional rites at a private ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, United States.