Much love has been in the air before this day for the former West African Idol star, who went to be with the LORD on Saturday February 11 and the cause of his death was given as “brief illness”.
But Derrick says he took expired malaria drugs, which triggered his liver issues.
“He had malaria and typhoid, which was untreated. It later became worse after he took a medication that had expired and this triggered his liver ailment and afterwards, every other thing just followed at a fast pace before his death,” he told Vanguard.
“The only thing that we had to say is that he lived for Christ. We just want the world to know that the name Eric Odafe Arubayi was for a reason beyond the West Africa Idol show. For that reason, God would make manifest even beyond his glorious ascension.”
Eric, aged 33, passed on at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital.