November 13, (THEWILL) – Tola King, a performing artiste, based in Osogbo, Osun State, widely recognised by the stage name, has tragically passed away following a brief illness that commenced during a church concert on Saturday.
Temitope Awosika, the Governor of Celestial Performing Artistes Association of Nigeria in Osun State, while confirming the incident, revealed that Tola King was performing with his colleagues at a concert organised by a Celestial church in the Obalende area of Osogbo in the early hours of Saturday, when he suddenly fell ill.
Awosika mentioned that Tola King received immediate attention inside the church before being swiftly transported to an undisclosed hospital in Osogbo. From there, he was transferred to another hospital in Ile-Ife at daybreak.
“Tola King was one of us in the Osun chapter. Saturday morning, I was called around 3 am, but I didn’t pick up the call. Around 5:30 am, I picked up the call. There was a concert at a Celestial Church in Obalende, Osogbo. The person that called me is one Evangelist Femi. The deceased and Femi were called to perform at the same time. Tola King performed for a while and dropped the microphone for Femi. After that, Femi said Tola suddenly held him from the back.
“He was immediately attended to as his breathing was at that point becoming heavy. Within 10 minutes, he was rushed to a hospital. From that first hospital, he was referred to another hospital in Ile-Ife. He was promptly attended to in that Ife hospital.
“Around 1:30 pm Saturday, his condition did not improve and by 2 pm, he gave up the ghost. He didn’t slump in the church. He was made to sit down when he took ill in the church. He was given first aid before he was taken to hospital”, he said.