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#Nollywood News: The untimely death of popular Nollywood actor, Muna Obiekwe, took many by surprise. In fact, it is more of a big blow, especially to his families, friends, colleagues, and even his avid followers who just can't get enough of him in Nigerian movies. New revelations discovered by Nigeria Movie Network, suggests too much alcohol may be the leading cause of Muna Obiekwe's death. More on this report, below.
As you may already know, Muna Obiekwe suddenly passed away at a specialist hospital in Festac Lagos, on Sunday, January 18th, 2015. Muna was on his 10th dialysis when he gave up the ghost, according to reports.
In case you are wondering what a dialysis is, it is a medical treatment that replaces or imitates the functions performed by healthy kidneys. Dialysis is usually recommended by doctors when a patient develop end stage kidney failure--usually by the time a patient lose about 85 to 90 percent of their kidney functions, according to medical reports. A dialysis machine is used in dialysis to filter a patient's blood to remove excess water and waste products when the kidneys are damaged, dysfunctional, or missing. A dialysis machine is said to be an artificial kidney.
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Consumption of too much alcohol, may be the leading cause of Muna Obiekwe's death
According to new information reported by iCampusNG.com, Muna discovered his kidney problem a long time ago but like most people, he thought he could manage it. He ignored the pain and continued working without paying much attention. According to a close source, he only took his drugs and medication once in a while as ‘Muna never believed the ailment could lead to his death. He believed he would survive it like he did the gunshot and death of his parents. He was not a man given to worrying about things. He believed it was not a coincidence his parents named him Munachimso, a name which means God is walking with me.’
Muna Obiekwe's kidney problem persisted and the late actor was eventually forced to seek the help of a doctor in Lagos. The doctor gave him a ray of hope. He assured Muna that his worse fear of Kidney transplant might not happen if only he could do up to 20 dialysis. Vera Kanu, a mother figure to Muna in Nollywood confirmed iCampus findings when she said, “I was with him to the last hour. He was to do up to 20 dialysis; the doctor said if the dialysis improved his condition, the worse would certainly be over. He will be okay only if he stays away from alcohol but you know our artiste” she concluded.
The source continued: “the dialysis was expensive for Muna. He was doing two in a week sometimes. And he would need blood injection on each occasion. Each appointment was costing him between N250, 000 to N300, 000 (about $1,500 usd); money he did not really have to spend. His health was eating deep into his purse yet Muna refused to go cap in hand begging for alms. He was a private guy who didn’t want the press or his colleagues to feast on his pain, and cast aspersions on Nollywood’s industry of beggars’.
The iCampus report continues: "Muna was a chain smoker and heavy drinker. Despite his condition, multiple sources revealed he was still consuming alcohol on a regular basis. “Everybody in the industry knows Muna drinks a lot; even when he’s shooting in the North, he has a way of finding alcohol,” a Nollywood source told us. Muna was said to have taken heavily to alcohol after he lost his parents in a ghastly motor accident. ‘As a matter of fact, he was supposed to be in that car with them but by stroke of luck, he wasn’t and was spared. Afterwards, Muna took solace in liquor but that never affected his job. He was just like Sam Loco; he could drink the whole sea but when he hears the director shout ‘action,’ he gets into character. Muna was a method character despite his flaws’ the source reveals.
Had Muna quit drinking as advised by his medical doctor, may be he would still be here with us today. Muna's private lifestyle is also a contributing factor, as he never attempted to seek help from the public. To say that too much alcohol may not have contributed to Muna's kidney failure-to-death, would be absurd. Alcohol, according to medical reports, can cause changes in the function of the kidneys and make them less able to filter your blood. Therefore, too much of it--can damage the kidney, worsen kidney disease--all of which if not properly treated, can lead to death.
Muna Obiekwe leaves behind his dearest wife, and two children. May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace. *ISE!!*
We end this Nollywood news report with the saying: "Too much of anything, is bad." Also, remember: "(Good) Health is Wealth".
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