The management of Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, the fast-rising Nigerian singer better known as Mohbad, confirmed his death on Tuesday night.
Mohbad, a former artiste of Marlian Records, which is owned by Naira Marley, passed away at the age of 27.
In a statement on his social media platforms, the singer’s management urged the public to respect the privacy of Mohbad’s family “during this difficult time”.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Promise Oladimeji Aloba PK/A Mohbad (Imole) today, the 12th of September, 2023,” the statement reads.
“Mohbad was light until the very end, and as we mourn the loss of the brightness he carried, the family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.
“Imole is finally at Peace.”
— Mohbad Imolè (@iammohbad_) September 12, 2023
Although the cause of the singer’s death was not revealed in the statement, a report had claimed he died of ear infection — sparking controversy on X.
Conversations about the “ear infection” report and Naira Marley began to trend on X while several wild rumours also found their way on social media regarding Mohbad’s death.
That “ear infection” talk doesn’t just sound right.
— YH (@Yemihazan) September 12, 2023
Let’s be very clear about something:
A 27year old young man that is normally fit and healthy does NOT and should NOT die from an “ear infection”.
Except there is more to it we don’t know.
Let’s be very clear about this.
And the only way to know what truly happened is an…
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺 🇬🇧 (@DrOlufunmilayo) September 12, 2023
I don’t know much about the Mohbad guy but an ear infection is CERTAINLY NOT what killed him. The true picture will come out later. Till then, i wish him safe sails. 🕊️
— Maxvayshia™ 🇦🇺🇳🇬 (@maxvayshia) September 12, 2023
I don’t believe that Mohbad died by ear infection sha.
— OTUNBA (@ManLikeIcey) September 12, 2023
Mohbad died of ear infection???💔
How terminal was this Ear infection ?
Was this a spiritual attack?
something does not add up and I’m still in shock 😭😭😭😭😭💔💔💔
— MAJESTY 💎🥀 (@Lynda4eva) September 12, 2023
Someone who performed on Sunday. Today, they’re saying he died of an ‘ear infection’
This story no clear.
— Dr. George (@GeorgeAnagli) September 12, 2023
I didn’t know ear infection is fatal.
— RUTH 🇨🇦 (@rutie_xx) September 12, 2023
If they’re saying Mohbad went to the hospital for an ear infection and was given an injection and subsequently died, it’s hard to believe; but if it is indeed true, then I may not put it past ceftriaxone+lidocaine given IV instead of IM, or lidocaine for local anaesthesia…
— KWEKU THE HUSTLER, COMMANDER OF THE HEADLESS MOB (@urchilla01) September 12, 2023
Sad to hear about Mohbad’s death. We just lost a young talented Nigerian.
The death of Mohbad will reveal some shocking things in days to come
1. You don’t just die from an ear infection suddenly.
2. You don’t just die suddenly from an injection except for some reasons.
— The_Bearded_Dr_Sina (@the_beardedsina) September 12, 2023
Mohbad is said to have passed away after receiving injection for his ear infection.
Nobody is questioning the hospital but most people are clinging to the words he said about Naira Marley over an altercation.
— Attah Akor (@attah_akor) September 12, 2023
Ear infection wey dey cause hearing loss e reach our mohbad turn e kill am 🤔 we no believe this one 🗑️ pic.twitter.com/OamDphMczw
— AFRO NIGERIA 🇳🇬 (@afro_nigeria) September 12, 2023
While a deluge of social media users disagreed with the “ear infection” report, others called for an autopsy to determine the circumstances surrounding his death.
MOHBAD SHOULD NOT BE BURIED IMMEDIATELY PLEASE… AN AUTOPSY SHOULD BE CONDUCTED!!!
From the information provided so far, it is reported that Mohbad d¡ed from an ear infecti0n. A THREAD pic.twitter.com/4ZUxzMKvu9
— Mr PONDIS (@judepondis) September 12, 2023
We need Autopsy on Mohbad dead. pic.twitter.com/Hx5g8sN45h
— Chuks of Crypto (@ChuksOfCrypto) September 13, 2023
I think we need to stop burying people who die in suspicious circumstances without an autopsy.
It leaves family and friends in confusion, pain and unresolved questions about why/how their loved one died.
That pain never ever goes away.
Rip Mohbad 🕊️💔
— MummyGO😋 (@Mummygotolulope) September 12, 2023
There are reports that late last year Mohbad had hypertension emergency and was in hospital.
But per PulseNG, he had an “infection”, was given an injection and never woke up.
All this conflicting reports is exactly why- as I stated earlier- only an autopsy can reveal the truth.
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺 🇬🇧 (@DrOlufunmilayo) September 12, 2023
Rift with Naira Marley
In October 2022, the singer alleged he was assaulted by the record label’s head honcho.
Mohbad shared footage of himself, highlighting a number of bloody bruises he sustained, adding that “they threw me on the floor and trampled on me”.
“My life is at stake. I am still getting threats,” he cried out in the footage.
World pls help me oo
I’m dieying inside pic.twitter.com/rju6ZrqS6a
— Mohbad Imolè (@iammohbad_) October 5, 2022
Mohbad also claimed members of Marley’s music label assaulted him for requesting a new manager.
In his reaction, Naira Marley alleged Mohbad was “high” when making the assault allegation.
“If Mohbad did not do a video, I would not even bother explaining because it is not something big,” Marley said.
“Obviously, he is not in his right sense. It is obvious he is not in the right state of mind.
“Why will I touch Mohbad or allow anyone to touch Mohbad? When he is back in his right sense, he will explain himself and apologize as usual.”
— Mohbad Imolè (@iammohbad_) November 6, 2022
In the song titled ‘TIFF’, the singer alleged that his parents were threatened during the rift with Marlian Records.
Mohbad attempted to commit suicide?
In January, Bella Shmurda, the Afropop singer and friend of Mohbad, revealed how he attempted to end his life during the rift with Naira Marley.
“At a point, Myself and Mohbad were in an apartment, and he said he wanted to jump from upstairs,” he had said during an interview.
Throwback to Bella Shmurda talking about Mohbad’s hypertensive health condition.
RIP Mohbad 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/luzO6fmi4b
— CableLifestyle (@CableLifestyle) September 12, 2023
“You can’t just keep going under and these people are just forming there’s nothing happening. Something is happening, and it is going to the extreme.”
Mohbad was not getting gigs
Last month, during an interview, the singer revealed that show promoters were avoiding him because he was no longer with Marlian Records.
“Show promoters don’t want to pick me for shows because I left a label…” – Mohbad, August, 2023
— YabaLeftOnline (@yabaleftonline) September 12, 2023
“Show promoters did not want to pick me for shows because I left a label. If they want to reach out to me, they still go back to the label. And the label keeps saying ‘That boy is not really okay here’,” he said.
“‘He is going through a lot’ and they (the show promoters) end up believing it…
“They had to call me to ask me if I was okay. ‘Can you do the show?’ And I am like ‘why do you guys feel I am not okay’.
“They told me that ‘the label you left said you are in the hospital’”.
Mohbad’s last performance
Mohbad was last seen on stage on Sunday, September 10, at a town hall in Ikorodu where he thrilled concertgoers with his hit songs.
Mohbad’s last show performance in Ikorodu few days ago💔 pic.twitter.com/Rh0SKLtBfF
— BASITO (@itzbasito) September 12, 2023
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