Veteran Nollywood actor, Victor Olaotan has died at the age of 69.
The lead actor of Tinsel, the popular Nigerian soap opera was said to have died on Thursday after a prolonged illness.
The 69-year-old actor who is best known for his role as Fred Ade-Williams in the soap opera had been bedridden for five years after he was involved in a ghastly accident and suffered a nervous system injury.
The actor was driving to a movie set in 2016 around Apple Junction in Festac, Lagos, when the accident happened.
His death was confirmed by his wife, Julia Olaotan on Friday morning.
“Victor Olaotan has passed on, I don’t take the help rendered us for granted. Sadly, Olaotan had to come back to Nigeria because we could no more raise the money to continue treatment, so the hospital sent him back. I’m grateful for my husband’s life and I know all is well.
“Despite the challenges, God has been good to me and my family. He was there for five years,” she said tearfully.
Olaotan began his acting career with the University of Ibadan(UI) theatre group where he met Wole Soyinka and Jimi Solanke.
In 1959, the deceased had represented his school in a stage play titled ‘Gods Are Not To Blame’.
In 2018, he had reached out to the public for financial assistance for medical treatment outside Nigeria to avert the amputation of his legs. Thereafter, it was gathered that millionaire Femi Otedola agreed to settle his bill of about N39m
Olaotan feature in many movies included the Three Wise Mean along Richard Mofe Damijo(RMD) and Zack Orji