A veteran and popular Nollywood actor Gbenga Richards is dead.

He died on Thursday morning after battling acute diabetes and high blood pressure.

Richards, who was a force to reckon with in the early days of Nollywood, reportedly suffered from the ailments which kept him in and out of hospital until he died.

In 2021, some of his colleagues and friends solicited funds to cater for his welfare.

Comic actor, Ime Bishop Umoh aka Okon, and Emmanuel Ehumadu aka Labista took to social media to seek financial assistance for him.

Richards’ first appearance as an actor was to represent Nigeria with Hubert Ogunde at the Second World Black and African Festival of African Culture (FESTAC) in 1977.

He also featured in blockbuster movies like ‘Sango’, ‘Mirror in the Sun’, ‘Betrayal by Love’, ‘Fighting Machine’ and a host of others.

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