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  • Nollywood actor Amaechi Muonagor dies.
  • He had been battling kidney disease.
  • Nigeria is in mourning.

In a devastating blow to the Nigerian film industry, actor Amaechi Muonagor has died at the age of 62.

He left an irreplaceable void in the hearts of his fans and Nollywood.

The sad news was confirmed by his cousin, actor Tony Muonagor, popularly known as Tony Oneweek.

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Tony Oneweek shared the painful loss in an interview with the BBC.

Muonagor’s life was marked by an exceptional career on the big screen.

He also struggled with health challenges that ultimately took their toll.

Over the years, he bravely fought kidney problems, diabetes and the aftermath of a stroke he suffered in 2023.

A stroke left Amaechi Muonagor paralyzed

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The stroke left Amaechi Muonagor partially paralyzed in his left leg and facing an even tougher battle for his health, according to the BBC.

Muonagor pled for help getting a kidney transplant on social media.

He was seeking financial support to undergo the procedufre that could have prolonged his life and his legacy on the big screen.

A video, which went viral earlier this month, showed the actor lying in bed, visibly weakened, with bandages on his chest and struggling to articulate words.

Disturbing images of the popular actor

In the video, a fellow actor joined Muonagor, explaining in a broken voice the urgency of raising funds for the vital medical procedure that the veteran performer so desperately needed.

However, despite the efforts and solidarity that his request generated in the film community and among his fans, destiny had other plans.

The news of his passing comes at a time of continued mourning for Nigeria, which is still reeling from the loss of another Nollywood star.

John Okafor, better known as Mr Ibu, who also struggled with health problems, died recently.

Another ailing Nigerian actor died recently

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This double blow has plunged the Nigerian film industry into a state of shock as it reflects of the fragility of life, even for those who seem invincible on screen.

Muonagor has left an indelible mark on the Nigerian entertainment industry.

He stood out for his versatility and his ability to portray a wide range of memorable characters. He appeared in popular films like Aki and Paw Paw.

In that movie he played the role of the father of two charismatic young men, which catapulted him to fame and earned him the love and respect of millions of viewers across the continent.

Mourning in Nigerian cinema

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The news of his death has unleashed a wave of grief and tributes on social media.

His fans, co-workers and admirers mourn the loss of an exceptional talent and beloved figure in the film community.

His legacy will live on on the screens and in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing his work and his unbreakable spirit.

The above, reminding us that although his light has gone out, his influence and his art will live forever in the very fabric of Nollywood history.

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