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Nigerian Comedian, Sam Loco Is Dead 

Courtesy The Street Journal, Nairaland.Com And Showbiz.Peacefmonline.Com

Popular Nigerian actor and comedian, 66-year-old Samuel Loco Efe, aka Sam Loco, whose career helped jumpstart the famous Nollywood movie industry, is dead. He was discovered dead in his hotel room in Owerri, Imo state where he was on location set. He was actually shooting a movie on Saturday; he retired to his hotel room and was only discovered dead the following morning.

His death comes barely few months after the movie industry laid to rest another veteran, Ashely Nwosu on June 11, who died on April 21. Sam Loco has hitherto been the interim chairman of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN). The Enugu-born actor has been acting since 1960.

He is not only a comedian but does equally well in almost all other aspects of the entertainment in contemporary Nigerian theatre industry. He has starred and appeared in several movies including Games Fools Play, German Wahala, Old Cargos, Across the River, A Fool at 40, Brain Box, Magic Cup and Men on the Run, and many others.

Sam Loco has also played a lot of comical roles on TV soaps and movies. He started professional acting in Lagos in 1970. Born in Enugu, Sam Loco spent his childhood in Abakaliki his first production during his school days was William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, which he acted the part of Caesar and also directed it without any formal training.

In March 25, 2009, nigeriafilms.com wrote, Sam Loco Quits Drinking, Smoking
“Sam Loco Efe, the popular comedian cum actor has finally quit smoking, and drinking after indulging in the act for 48years of his life. The Edo State born thespian that started drinking and smoking on October 1, 1960 turned his back on the ‘twin devils’.

Nigeriafilms.com gathered Sam was an apostle of Benson & Hedges cigarette and all brands of alcoholic beverages (unrefrigerated drinks) until he collapsed one morning while attempting to join a car that would take him to Obosi in Anambra State for a burial. He was rushed to Enugu University Teaching Hospital, where after being resuscitated, the doctors advised him against the habit of smoking and drinking. And ever since, Sam has turned a new leaf. This is why he looks very healthy these days.”

Sam Loco will be remembered for his finesse, skills and dexterity on and off camera, which arguably, is unmatched with other actors as many see him as a true gem of the ever growing Nigerian movie industry.
 

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