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Sound Sultan is Dead

Legendary Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, comedian, and recording artist Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan is dead. 

In a statement signed by Sound Sultan’s brother, Dr. Kayode Fasasi on behalf of the Fasasi family, he disclosed that the multi-talented artist died after battling Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma. An angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma is a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a group of related cancers that affect the lymphatic system.

The statement read, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our multitalented veteran singer, rapper, songwriter Olanrewaju Fasasi aka Sound Sultan. He passed away at the age of 44 following a hard-fought battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma.

He is survived by his wife, three children and his siblings. We, his family will appreciate the utmost privacy as we come to grips with this tragic loss.”

Recall that in May, reports had it that Sound Sultan was diagnosed with cancer and was in the United States undergoing treatment. This had many fans and well-wishers saying prayers for his speedy recovery through social media posts.

Reacting to this, Sultan’s elder brother, Baba Dee, debunked the rumour he had brother throat cancer and was being treated in the United States. Sultan also expressed gratitude to his well-wishers, insisting he would tell the story of his struggles himself.

He said: “I must not ignore the massive show of love. Thank you all. I will tell you my story myself it will be true THEN not false.”

Sound Sultan, has been married to his long-time girlfriend, Chichi Morah, since October 1, 2009 with whom he had three children. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of good music in Nigeria. 

Sound Sultan’s career in show business started in the 1990s when he hosted shows to raise money for studio sessions. By 1999, he had won numerous local talent-hunt shows. He released his first single “Jagbajantis” in 2000, which was a hit in Nigeria. After independently releasing other singles and featuring in hit songs of other artists, he was signed by Kennis Music.

Sound Sultan began a working relationship with Wyclef Jean when featured alongside 2face Idibia and Faze on “Proud to be African” from Wyclef’s Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 album. They have collaborated on two other projects: “King of My Country” (2009) and “People Bad” (2012).

In 2012, it was announced that Sound Sultan was made a UN Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary lifestyle and career. In 2015, Sound Sultan released the rap single “Remember” after a long absence from the music scene.

May the Soul of Sound Sultan, through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace.

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