Actress Ngozi Ezeonu has refuted rumors about her death, which sparked concern among her 1.6 million Instagram followers.
The 58-year-old actress had posted a picture of a burning candle with the caption “A rare gem is gone,” leading to some media reports claiming her death, which were allegedly confirmed by her son.
However, Ezeonu took to Instagram to clarify that she made the post to mourn the loss of a dear friend and stated in a subsequent video that she is alive and well.
She criticized the bloggers who spread false news about her death and clarified that the burning candle was in memory of her late friend.
Ngozi said in parts:
“The calls I’ve been receiving have been very worrisome. I don’t know why anybody should take my post. I lost a very close friend of mine, I posted a candle, a half-burnt candle and they now put my picture on that candle and everybody is saying that I died. It is wrong. I am alive and healthy, please.
“In journalism, what you do when in doubt you leave out. If you cannot get across to the person to at least confirm the story, you don’t post. Don’t do that, please. Don’t try it again. This is a new year, why would anybody want to hurt each other just because they want people to follow them.”
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