Veteran Nigerian actor, Bruno Iwuoha is dead. (Courtesy)

Veteran Nigerian actor, Bruno Iwuoha, has died after a prolonged battle with diabetes. A statement signed by the Director of Communications, Actors Guild of Nigeria, Monalisa Chinda Coker, explained that the popular Nollywood star died in the early hours of Saturday, April 10, at the National Hospital Abuja. 

“It is on a sad note that we announce the passing away of our elder colleague and active member of AGN Abuja, Bruno Obinna Iwuoha. He died in the early hours of this morning (10/04/2021) after a prolonged battle with diabetes,” the statement read in part.

Monalisa further revealed that Bruno is survived by a wife and 6 children.

“Bruno Iwuoha hails from Ehime Mbano Local Government Area in Umunumo Umuanunu kindred, Imo state. He was aged 68 years, survived by his wife and six children,” the statement further added.

According to local reports, Iwuoha was one of the biggest movie stars from Nigeria until his death. 

Throughout his 20-year career, Bruno starred in over 509 films, with the most recent being ‘Silent Prejudice,’ a 2020 film about the evils associated with the Osu cast system and produced by Chris Kalu.

Net Nigeria reports that Iwuoha was a contractor with the National Fertiliser Company of Nigeria (NAFCON) when he was approached to play a role reserved for an old man with natural grey hair in his debut movie ‘Lost Kingdom.’

In 2007, he won the Best Supporting Actor at the 2007 Africa Movie Academy Awards for his role in “Sins of the Flesh.”

In 2015, Iwuoha went public about his health as he sought Nigerians’ support to raise funds to treat glaucoma and diabetes after losing an eye to the ailments. Shortly after, he was flown to the US for treatment.

According to the late actor, he never knew he had diabetes until a violent armed robbery attack landed him in hospital.

He was quoted saying, “I’ve gone to so many places; within the country, outside the country for treatment, until finally…finally, the thing [diabetes] claimed one of my sights (eyes). As I look at you now, I’m using only one sight (eye). They call that glaucoma. And gradually, it’s affecting the other one. I discovered that this thing [the illness] is a lifetime something. And it has robbed me of the job [acting]. And now, if I get a script, it will be hard for me to read it very well. And if I read it, if I strain my eyes for so long, it would look as if someone would lead me around the house or anywhere, I want to go because it will affect the only one [eye]. So that’s my problem.”