Second Republic vice president , Dr . Alex
Ekwueme , is dead.
The elder statesman ’ s death was disclosed in a statement issued by the Ekwueme family of Oko , in Anambra State .
The statement was reportedly released in the early hours of Monday.
The statement , signed by the former vice
president ’ s brother , and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State , Igwe Laz Ekwueme, explained that he passed on around 10 : 00pm on Sunday, in a London hospital .
The statement read , “ Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice – President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme , GCON .
“ The sad event occurred at the London Clinic
at 10 : 00 pm on Sunday , 19 th November , 2017 . ”
It would be recalled that Ekwueme was
hospitalised in Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital ,
Enugu, for about two weeks before he was flown abroad for medical treatment on November 12 .
The elder statesman was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at his residence in the Independence Layout area of Enugu on October 28 .
It was learnt that the elder statesman was in a coma at the time he was admitted to the hospital .
Ekwueme , who celebrated his 85 th birthday on October 10 , reportedly suffered from a chest infection , according to his family members.