By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
Five days ago, news broke that Gospel Singer and former Idols West Africa contestant, Eric Arubayi had passed on.
Thousands of condolence messages began to pour in for the Star everywhere on social media.
Eric had come into people’s consciousness through the 2007 West African Idols show and even though he went the gospel route after then, it was what most people talked about when they paid respects.
However, he is not the only one who died after partaking in a major reality show.
Below are the other ex-contestants of a show that broke numerous hearts across the continent when they died.
Susan ‘Goldie’ Harvey – Back in 2012, Goldie was a contestant on the Big Brother Africa show. Already a Singer signed to Kennis music, the Star had her own fanbase before joining the reality show.
Months after leaving the house though, on February 14, 2013, Godlie passed on. She had just returned from LA where she attended the Grammys.
The Singer was just 29.
Chidinma Mbalaso- Two years after contesting on Koko Mansion, Chidinma Mbalaso passed on. The ex-contestant on the only season of the show had been involved in a car accident in Kaduna which led to her untimely death.
Chidinma was only 22.
Evelyn Eveva Sitali – A contestant on Big Brother Africa: The Chase, Evelyn became known to Africa via a reality show.
And a few years after the reality show, the Zambian star unfortunately passed away.
According to a statement released via her official page in May 2016, Evelyn had an accident in 2014. She had undergone surgeries on her leg since the accident. However, she didn’t survive the final surgery on May 7th 2016.
Evelyn was 29.
Eric Arubayi – On the 11th of February, former Idols contestant, Eric Arubayi passed on.
Eric died after complications arose because of the usage of an expired drug and triggered a previously existing liver disease.
Eric was in his early 30s.