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No, popular Nollywood actor Tony Umez not dead

IN SHORT: Online claims about the death of Nigerian actor Tony Umez are false. The artist is alive and well.

Nollywood actor Tony Umez is dead, claims a video published on Facebook in Nigeria on 4 September 2023.

Umez is a Nigerian actor, producer and director. His movies include Paige (2016), Upside Down 2 (2006) and Power of Money 2 (2003). 

The video shows several photos of Umez.

“R.I.P TONY UMEZ..may God accept,” reads the text in the video.  

The claim also appeared on Facebook here, here and here.

Africa Check has debunked several false claims about the deaths of Nigerian celebrities. Rumours like these could lead to fear and panic. 


‘I am very much alive and well

On 5 September, Umez shared a video of himself where he debunked claims about his death.

The text accompanying the video reads, in part: I want to assure you that I am very much alive and well. These false reports are nothing but baseless rumors spread by individuals with ill intentions. I will be taking legal action against these persons, as their actions not only infringe upon my rights but also cause unnecessary distress to my loved ones and fans.”

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