A Nigerian television presenter, Rachel Bakam, has died of anaemia at the age of 38.
Her death was made public by her brother, Armstrong Bakam, during a chat with The PUNCH, where he revealed that Rachel died at 12pm on Tuesday afternoon with her mother by her bedside.
Armstrong explained: “She had anaemia; so, she was taken to the hospital on Friday and she died this afternoon at about 12pm. I was not with her when she died, but her mother was by her side.
“Before Friday, she fell ill and was admitted for some days but she was discharged and taken home. However, she was returned to the hospital on Friday.”
Armstrong expressed that she’s survived by her son, and her death has really affected her mother, as she was supposed to be 39 years in September.
“Right now, her mother is not in the right frame of mind to speak. Rachel was 38 years old when she died; she would have clocked 39 on September 11. She had a son,” he said.
Armstrong said that Rachel had sought for prayers from the church via the family group chat on Sunday, while the church members thought she was recuperating, and she
He said: “We will really miss her because her death is a shocking and devastating news to the family. In fact, the whole family is actually troubled and quite a number of people are yet to believe that it is actually true.
“On our family WhatsApp group, she posted that she needs our prayers while she was in the hospital on Sunday; people were wishing her well and she was responding with amen. Quite a number of people felt she was recuperating but the news of her death is a huge shock.”
He stated that she would be missed for her friendliness.
His word: “She was actually my niece because her father was my first cousin. I will miss her because she was a very lovely person. She was always smiling and she was down to earth. She was always accommodating because she had a large heart.”
Rachel was a graduate of English and Theatre Arts from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and studied Digital Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy.
May her gentle soul rest in peace!