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Nollywood actor Junior Pope dies after boat accident

By Antynet Ford

Kenyans and other social media users are mourning Nollywood actor Junior Pope Odonwodo, famously known as Jnr Pope who died in a boat accident during a movie filming in Nigeria’s Delta state.

The film star was earlier reported to have survived the accident when doctors attempted to resuscitate him in a hospital but he later passed on.

“It’s so sad that our joy was short-lived. Two notable hospitals tried their best to revive him but to no avail. We finally lost him.” Emeka Rollas Ejezie, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), posted on Facebook.

Videos shared on social media showed rescuers carrying the actor, who appeared unconscious, out of River Niger where the incident happened yesterday evening.

Hours before the accident, the 39-year-old actor had shared a video of him and four others on his Instagram page traveling to the movie location on a boat.

He was heard expressing concerns about the lack of safety measures and praying for a safe journey.

Junior Pope has acted in more than 150 Nollywood movies and is best known for playing roles of a criminal, villain, bodyguard, and hitman.

Recently, the Nollywood industry lost two other industry stars, John Okafor, better known as Mr Ibu and Amaechi Muonagor.

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