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Alex Ekwueme dies in London hospital

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 : 00 pm 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

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