Former Nigeria defender Taribo West has dispelled news on the social media and websites claiming he died in a South African hospital on Thursday.
Nigerian website gongnews.com had the headline ‘Another tragedy: Taribo West dies at 50’ while smithrise.com’s was ‘Former Nigerian Defender Taribo West Dies in South Africa.’
“The former defender of Nigeria Super Eagles who is now a pastor and founder of Shelter in The Storm Miracle Ministries of All Nations has died in South Africa early morning of Tuesday, South Africa Radio reports.
“He passed on at 42. According to the reports, West was flown into South Africa for medical treatment but did not state what he was diagnosed of. His body has since been sent for autopsy. He is best remembered for his various unusual and colourful hairstyles,” smithrise.com reported.
Austin Okon-Akpan added, “It’s so disgusting when people put out silly talks on social media. PLEASE TARIBO WEST IS DOING JUST FINE. Just got off the phone with him.”
Journalist Colin Udoh also tweeted, “WARNING: Ignore rumors of the death of Taribo West. I have spoken to him. He is alive, hale and hearty.”