Veteran actor Olaniyi Raji, popularly known as Baba Atoli has died.
The death of the Yoruba movie star was announced by his colleague Foluke Daramola in an Instagram post on Thursday.
Foluke shared the deceased photo with the caption: “Sad we lost baba Atoli. Such a shame.”
Friends and family of the late actor also took to social media to mourn him.
Tope Bukky wrote on Facebook saying, “Baba Atoli, you fought, you won and conquered but God loves you more. May the lord rest your soul. Rip.”
Before his death, Baba Atoli pleaded for financial support following an illness. In a video posted on Youtube, the late actor called on the national president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as Mr Latin and the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for support.
Foluke Daramola had on several occasions posted videos of the late actor, begging for support.
Raji’s death came days after the death of another veteran Yinka Ogundaisi was announced.
The demise of the actor was confirmed by a statement by Ropo Ewenla, a member of the Ibadan Film Circle (IFC), the group to which the late filmmaker belonged.
He wrote: “Today, this morning, one phase of history came to an end. Erin ti wo. The elephant rises no more. Yinka Ogundaisi bid this world farewell at dawn. It was Kate Adepegba who dropped the bomb on my lap. I called Uncle Yinka’s number to confirm and rudely, it was so.”
Yinka suffered paralysis in his legs, a condition for which he sought financial aid to undergo surgery.
It was gathered that he initially had complications of twisted intestines, hernia, and enlarged prostrate in 2013.