By Tony Edike
Renowned gospel singer, Patty Obasi, died on Friday after battling with a critical ailment for over one year.
His two kidneys were said to have failed and was recommended for a transplant operation in India but could not embark on the operation owing to lack of fund.
Obasi, whose popular album Nwa Mammy Water, shot him to limelight, died at his Enugu residence in the early hours of Friday after he reportedly slipped into unconsciousness.
Obasi was down with kidney failure since last year and his doctor said he needed not less than N10 million to transplant his two failed kidneys in India.
One of his sisters, who confirmed his demise on telephone, said Obasi gave up the ghost after the prolonged ailment without undergoing the recommended kidney transplant.
She could not say if any assistance finally came the way of the popular gospel artiste who had cried out to members of the public, the government and political office holders for financial assistance to enable him undertake the kidney transplant.
“Brother died at his house this morning and his body had been deposited in the mortuary. He could not go for the kidney transplant in India as recommended by his doctor at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu,” she said.
Obasi, who had many gospel albums to his credit, hailed from Mmaku in Agwu local government area of Enugu State.