It has been confirmed that Rico Swavey passed away after a deadly car accident. The Nigerian celebrity and former Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) housemate has faced an unprecedented death.
Rico Swavey was a Nigerian singer, rapper, actor, tv personality, and entertainer. He was best known for his appearance in Big Brother Naija, the Nigerian version of Big Brother.
After a battle with his accident injuries, he ultimately succumbed. Rico was 29 at death.
Nigerian and worldwide fans are still in disbelief about the untimely demise of the celebrity. They are expressing shock over his death and condolences for his near and dear ones.
Rico Swavey Accident: Death Cause Explained
Rico Swavey got into a car crash on Tuesday, the morning of October 11, leading him to a coma and ultimately death on October 13, Thursday.
His management had shared a video of the horrific accident scene involving an 18-seater bus and Rico’s white car, which was seriously damaged. It showed the extent of damages to the vehicle, with the front bashed in and the windshield shattered.
We can imagine how horrible the accident must have been. The PUNCH first reported that the entertainer was involved in a dangerous motor crash in the early hours of Tuesday at Abraham Adesanya roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway.
Rico’s friends and fellow ex-housemates, Alex Unusual and Tobi Bakare, confirmed the report on Thursday via social media. Alex wrote on Twitter: “This is not what we agreed, Rico. Rest in peace.” Similarly, Tobi shared a picture with Rico with the caption: “This is how I will remember you, brother.”
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The 29-year-old was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was referred to a larger hospital for a comprehensive diagnosis due to the seriousness of his injuries. However, the accident proved to be fatal.
A Fundraiser For Rico Swavey
A group of Nigerian entertainers had initially launched a fundraiser for the housemate following his accident, hoping to save his life.
His friend and colleague Alex Unusual wrote on her Twitter that Rico was battling for his life and requested everyone to donate. Unfortunately, hours later, she returned to her Twitter page announcing his death.
We can still find the fundraiser on his website, which has collected 821,000 Naira (2.71% of the goal) at the time of writing. The sum is equivalent to just over 1800 USD.
Pictures of Rico lying down in the hospital with ventilators, defibrillators, dialysis machines, suction devices, and other life-saving devices made family and fans worried about his situation.
A hashtag #PrayForRicoSwavey had since started trending with fans praying and hoping that the celeb would come out alive.
Who Was Rico Swavey?
Rico Swavey was a versatile Nigerian celebrity – singer, rapper, actor, model, tv personality, and entertainer. People know him by his stage name, Rico, derived from his real name, Patrick Fakoya.
The law graduate from Babcock University had spent some of his time in Jos, a city in the north-central region of Nigeria.
Although he had been in the entertainment industry in Nigeria for some time, he rose to fame by participating in the reality show Big Brother Naija with other housemates for the ‘Double wahala’ edition in 2018.
The third season of the Nigerian version of Big Boss was produced by South Africa’s Red Pepper Pictures and premiered on January 28, 2018. Ex-housemate from the first season, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, hosted, and Miracle Ikechukwu Igbokwe won the season.