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The President of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Tony Okoroji, on Thursday confirmed the death of top musician Chris Mba of “Baby Don’t Cry” fame.
The singer died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital on Wednesday.
Reacting to the singer’s death, Okoroji said: “I am beyond saddened by the loss of my colleague and friend Chris Mba, a great musician whose contribution is indisputable in redefining the Highlife sound. Not long ago, I visited Chris at his Surulere home with the great Richard Cole, my COSON Board colleague.
“We went to share friendship with him because of his ill health and to offer the support we could. His death is devastating, but we are comforted by the fact that he left great recordings as a great artist, and we continue to sing and dance. Our condolences to his family, friends and many fans”.
In March 2019, the late singer had heart disease and asked for urgent financial assistance.
A journalist, Azuka Jebose, then reported on Facebook that the singer had sent him a distressed message on Whatsapp asking for urgent financial assistance to pay for his hospital treatment.
A former Premier Records signee, Mba was famous in the 80s for his jerry curls and hits like ‘Funky Situation’, ‘Baby Don’t Cry’, ‘Making My Way’ and ‘Love Everlasting’.
He also did so at a tribute night organized by the Copyright Society of Nigeria in August 2018 in honor of the late Ras Kimono.
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