Derrick Arubayi, the brother of late Gospel singer, Eric Arubayi has confirmed that the artiste passed on after consuming expired malaria drugs.

Speaking to Vanguard, Derrick revealed that Eric had been sick with malaria and typhoid and things got worse after he took the expired drugs.

He said : “He had malaria and typhoid, which was untreated. It later became worse after he took a medication that had expired and this triggered his liver ailment and afterwards, every other thing just followed at a fast pace before his death.

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“The only thing that we had to say is that he lived for Christ. We just want the world to know that the name Eric Odafe Arubayi was for a reason beyond the West Africa Idol show. For that reason, God would make manifest even beyond his glorious ascension.”

Eric Arubayi, who was 2nd runner up on the first edition of West African idol died on Saturday, February 11th. He is survived by a wife and daughter.