How Late Veteran Actor, Sam Loco Died And His Unfulfilled Dream
Sam Loco Efe (25 December 1945 – 7 August 2011), was born Sam Loco Efeeimwonkiyeke in Enugu, was a Nigerian actor and director. August 7th 2020 will mark the 9th year anniversary since his death.
The late Sam Loco Efe died apparently sitting on his seat in a hotel room of course now suspected to be asthma. He was found dead on a Sunday morning 7 years ago with ventolin inhalers beside him in the hotel room where he lodged. The room was forced open after he failed to come down after retiring the previous night.
Contrary to reports that he was on location in Owerri, Imo State, it was learnt that he was actually in Owerri editing a yet untitled film produced by Bayelsa State born Favour Ogosi.
On the night before his demise, he had, as usual, exchanged banter and jokes with friends and colleagues till about 11p.m. before retiring to his room.
“But the next morning when he didn’t come down for breakfast, worried colleagues went knocking on his door. Of course, they knew he was inside. And when no response came, they called me. I then advised that the hotel contact the police. And when the room was eventually opened, the cold body of Sam was found on a seat in the room.
Sam Loco Efe died without fulfilling the dream of taking a deserved rest at his Abakaliki, Ebonyi State farm house, says Mr Steve Eboh who is a close confidant of the deceased,
“Because I was nominated for the City People Awards and couldn’t go to see him in Owerri, he told me he would first stop over at Yenagoa and on today travel to his farm in Abakaliki, Ebonyi to wait for me. He said he was going to the farm house to rest and take a break from the rigours of film shooting and editing. That never happened because he died the next morning.”
Former President Jonathan who was ruling then described the late actor as an accomplished artiste whose works helped to raise the dignity and style of the industry.
Fashola on his part praised him for his unwavering commitment to his chosen profession despite the challenges he met.
Jonathan’s condolence was conveyed through a press statement by Dr Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
Former Gov. Fashola in his condolence message signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Akeem Bello, to the then President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Mr. Segun Arinze, described the deceased as an extraordinarily gifted thespian whose mastery of his craft on both stage and screen was unrivalled.