The death has occured of veteran pop singer, Chris Mba, after a long battle with heart issues.

Chris Mba, who was famous in the 1980s for his jerry curl and hits like ‘Funky Situation’, ‘Baby Don’t Cry’, ‘Making My Way’ and ‘Love Everlasting’, died on Wednesday at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

The General Manager of Premier Music which Chris was signed to, Michael Odiong, shared the sad news on Thursday in a post shared via his Instagram account.

He wrote, “The management of Premier Records Ltd has expresses sadness on the demise of one of its artistes, Mr Chris Mba, who passed away on 3rd May 2023 after a long battle with heart issues.

According to Mr Odiong, “Chris Mba was a bundle of talent who localized pop music by adding local instruments to his music to give the African feel. He made waves in the late 80s up to the 90s when he released hits like “Baby Don’t Cry”, “Money” etc.

“We condole with the family and pray God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss”.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has extended deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Chris Mba, whom he described as one of the icons of Nigerian highlife music, whose works brought excitement to many households and his admirers in social and corporate functions.

The President, in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, on Friday, acknowledged the contributions of the late artiste to the growth of the Nigerian music and entertainment industry, a feat recognized and celebrated by his colleagues in the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN).

Buhari prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed, and comfort for those who mourned.

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