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Finally Actor Junior Pope Confirmed Dead

Nollywood Actor Junior Pope Dead

Nollywood actor, Junior Pope whose real names are Pope Odonwodo is dead.

The news of his death was shared on Wednesday, April 10, by filmmaker, Samuel Olatunji.

He said that the actor, along with three others, lost their lives when their boat capsized in River Niger on their way to a movie shoot location.

“Four actors, including Jnr Pope, fell into Anam River on their way to a location, and their bodies have been recovered.

“What a sad day for Nollywood. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” Olatunji wrote on his Instagram page.

Junior Pope leaves behind his wife and three children.

In a video he posted on his Instagram page on Wednesday, Junior Pope, who was on a boat without a life jacket, begged the captain to go slowly.

The Nollywood actor told his followers to see how actors risk their lives to entertain them.

He pleaded with the captain to go slowly as he shouted,  “Jesus, what is this! I am the only son, I have three children to raise.”

In the caption, he wrote, “See me lamenting… The risk we take to entertain you; crossing river 9ja yesterday with no life jacket… Na wahoooooo… Who does that ??”

Shortly after the story broke, the National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, posted on social media that Pope was alive and was receiving treatment, but he later deleted the message.

However, on Thursday morning, Rollas said his earlier announcement that Junior Pope was alive was out of excitement when they noticed the tingling of his fingers.

“It’s so so sad that our joy was shortlived. My first post was out of excitement when we noticed his tingling fingers,” he wrote on Instagram.

He added, “Two notable hospitals tried their best to revive him but to no avail. God knows the best.

“We finally lost him.”

Movies he had featured in

He has acted in Nollywood movies like, “Secret Adventures”, “Eye of the Eagle”, “Bitter Generation”, “Wrong Initiation,” and “Honey Money” among others.

Deaths toll in Nollywood this year

Junior Pope’s death is the latest in the tragedies that have befall Nollywood this year.

Last month, Mr. Ibu and Sisi Quadri passed on. In January it was Olofa Ina whose real names are Deji Aderemi. In February it was Ethel Ekpe. She is well known for playing the role of ‘Segi’ on the Nigerian Television Authority sitcom, ‘Basi and Company. On Sunday March 24th was Amaechi Muonagor.

Furthermore,  was actress Adejumoke Oreoluwa Aderounmu, popularly known for her role as ‘Esther’ in popular TV series Jenifa’s Diary.

Now is Junior Pope who died on Wednesday 10th April, 2024.

What a tragic year for Nollywood industry.

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