Tragedy again struck the Nigerian movie industry as Nollywood’s veteran actor, Victor Decker, was found dead in his apartment on Monday evening by his neighbours.
Decker was found lifeless on the floor when neighbours reportedly broke into his apartment on Monday evening after they did not see him for days.
While the cause of his death is unknown, the decomposing corpse of the 72 year old Actor was said to have been evacuated by 5pm on Monday.
The Mayor of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Abuja, Jesse Nazareth, confirmed the incident.
Mayor said, “Yes, Victor Decker is dead. I am in the mortuary where they want to embalm him. I am not aware of the cause of his death. I just got a call that his neighbours did not see him for days so they got concerned.
“They went to his house, knocked on his door but got no response so they had to break down the door. That was when they saw him sitting on his chair lifeless.I rushed down there to arrange the necessary things.”
She revealed that due to the decomposing nature of the body of the late actor, many hospitals rejected the corpse.
“I had to obtain a police report and cars to convey him to a hospital. I took him to several hospitals but they rejected him because his body was already decomposing.
“At about 3am this morning, we were referred to a private hospital in Bwari, Abuja, where they accepted his body. This morning, they are embalming his body but they need to first reduce its size as he has swollen.”
Uzee Usman, took to his verified Instagram page to share the sad news.
He wrote; “Speechless!Can’t believe I’m typing this! But a reminder that this is not our home, we’re all on a journey!. This is how I chose to remember you! Goodnight GENERAL!
Decker featured in movies such as ‘Double Strings’; ‘If I am President’ and ‘Lotanna.’
This is not the best of times for the Nigerian movie industry. Before Decker’s death,the industry had lost five popular movie practitioners within a space of 30 days to various types of ailments.
Those that have been lost to the cold hands of death are Folake Aremu (Orisabunmi); Dan Nkoloagu; Jim Lawson: Chico Ejiro and David Mela.