Nollywood has suffered another loss as actor Gbenga Richards died on Thursday, May 12, 2022, after battling an ailment.
Richards was a force to reckon with in the 1990s and early 2000s until he took ill and raising money for his treatment became difficult.
Recall that months ago, his colleague Emmanuel Ehumadu AKA Labista asked for support for the veteran actor.
He solicited funds via his Instagram page where he wrote, “There are so many veteran Nollywood actors who are dying in silence. After their contributions to the growth of Nollywood and the nation, they end up in pain and penury over any illness. Gbenga Richards needs our help. Let’s not wait until he’s dead to post his pictures, write RIP(rest in peace) on his wall and look for who to blame.”
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 including Sango, Mirror in the Sun, Betrayal by Love, and Fighting Machine.