West Africa Idol star and top Nigerian gospel artiste, Eric Arubayi jnr., who died on Saturday at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara has been laid to rest.

Giving details of the demise of the gospel artiste, his brother, Derreck Arubayi, explained that the deceased took ill after taking an expired drug meant to treat his malaria and typhoid ailment.

He said: “He had malaria and typhoid, which was untreated. It later became worse after he took a medication that had expired and this triggered his liver ailment and afterwards, every other thing just followed at a fast pace before his death.

“The only thing that we had to say is that he lived for Christ. We just want the world to know that the name Eric Odafe Arubayi was for a reason beyond the West Africa Idol show. “For that reason, God would make manifest even beyond his glorious ascension.”

Eric, a son of a former Vice Chancellor of the Delta State University, Eric Arubayi, was a popular worship leader at the House on the Rock Church in Lagos.

He shot into limelight after he emerged a finalist at the West African Idols in 2007. He launched his debut album, ‘Redefined’ in 2011 in Lagos. The singer tied the knots with a former model, Chinonso, in 2016 and the union is blessed with a son. He was buried on Saturday, the 25th of February, 2017. He was 34 years old.

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