Ghana’s music industry has been struck with yet another news of grief at the passing of rapper Andy Nii Akrashie, better known as OJ Blaq.
At the age of 40, OJ Blaq’s untimely demise has left a void in the hearts of fans and colleagues as the news spread across the nation on Thursday, August 17, 2023.
The ‘Chale Wote’ hitmaker battled Kidney failure in the past which he attributed to past lifestyle choices involving binge drinking and smoking, however, it is unclear if the sickness was the cause of his death at the time of publishing this report.
The news of his passing was confirmed by family and close friends of the deceased on Thursday morning.
In an interview with Caroline Sampson on Asaase Radio, he revealed that he was determined to regain his health by adopting a more balanced and health-conscious lifestyle.
“I totally stopped smoking and drinking, and I started eating more vegetables. Not all vegetables are good for renal patients, it hasn’t been easy switching my diet, but if you really love your life, you have to adapt. It can be life-altering for renal patients when they stop taking their BP drugs as well,” OJ Blaq said.
Revealing how he found out about his kidney failure, OJ Blaq recounted: “I had an accident on a motor bike. After that, I started having swells on my feet and I thought it was from the accident, which some doctors told me they were just infections from my accident.”
The former Lynxx Entertainment signee and actor who played Marlon T in the hit TV series “SUNCITY” in later years became a Gospel artiste and was a staunch member of the Empowerment Worship Center in Accra.
OJ Blaq is well for his musical debut on Sydney’s track “My Sweetie,” featured on the renowned “Abuskeleke” album. He also collaborated with notable artistes such as Okyeame Kwame, Tinny, Asem, Richie, and more.
As we bid farewell to OJ Blaq, his legacy lives on through his music, his roles in entertainment, and the enduring example he set for aspiring artists. His commitment to hard work, dedication to growth, and pursuit of true passion will forever remain an indelible mark in Ghana’s cultural landscape.
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