The United States (US) Consulate Lagos, has joined millions of grieving Nigerians, to mourn the loss of veteran singer, rapper, and songwriter Olanrewaju Fasasi aka Sound Sultan.
In a statement posted on its official Facebook page, the Consulate said the late singer “inspired many with his advocacy on youth election engagement and non-violence. Our deepest condolences to his family.”
His sudden demise has thrown the music and entertainment industry into mourning, sparking a flood of tributes and posts on social media.
His death, was announced in a statement by his family on Sunday.
“Sound Sultan who was diagnosed with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma died on Sunday at the age of 44. The deceased had been undergoing chemotherapy in a hospital in the United States of America.”
Sound Sultan was born Olanrewaju Fasasi on November 27, 1976, was a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, comedian and recording artist and was generally admired for being a modern hip hop music in the country.
The statement reads: “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of 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 the tragic loss.”
“Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) is a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a group of related malignancies (cancers) that affect the lymphatic system (lymphomas). Lymphomas are the cancer of white blood cells (lymphocytes) and can be divided depending on the type of cells, B-lymphocytes (B-cells) or T-lymphocytes (T-cells), AITL is a T-cell lymphoma.”
“The lymphatic system functions as part of the immune system and helps to protect the body against infection and disease. It consists of a network of tubular channels (lymph vessels) that drain a thin watery fluid known as lymph from different areas of the body into the bloodstream.”