The news of the untimely death of fast-rising Lagos-born Nigerian musician, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, known by the stage name Mohbad, has not only broken all social media platforms but has also raised controversies with old posts and videos of Mohbad and his ex-record label, Marlian Records, as well as interviews and music videos of the deceased flooding the internet.
The multi-talented rapper, singer, and songwriter, who died on Tuesday, had had a messy fallout with his record label boss. He exited the label in 2022 after which he blamed the label for the low patronage of show promoters to his music. Before his exit, Mohbad had released a viral clip showing his body filled with bruises in the hospital, alleging that Marlian Records was responsible for his ordeal. However, president of Marlian Records, Naira Marley, had debunked the accusations, maintaining that Mohbad was high on hard drugs. Mohbad was reported earlier in February 2022 to have got into an ordeal with NDLEA alongside Zinoleesky and four other people over illegal possession of cannabis and MDMA (molly).
While an official statement regarding the cause of the singer’s death was yet to be released as at the time of filing this report, different versions have emerged as to the cause of death. Some say Mohbad gave up the ghost after he was given an injection. Some claim that he died due to an ear infection, while other sources pulled up a recent video of the singer being rushed to the hospital after he was allegedly attacked with a voodoo during a performance at Ikorodu, Lagos. It is also claimed that Mohbad has been a frequent visitor to hospital since the spiritual attack.
Mohbad battled with depression and suicidal thoughts prior to his death, according to the report given by his close friends.
Following the demise of the 27-year-old singer, a recorded interview with his friend and fellow musician, Bella Shmurda, has been trending, where Shmurda revealed Mohbad’s suicide attempts. There is also a musical collaboration video of Mohbad and Bella Shmurda titled “Pariwo”, where the death of a loved one was portrayed.
Celebrities including Olamide, Asake, Young John, Sydney Talker, Oxlade, Davido, among others, fans, as well as the management of Mohbad’s ex-record label, Marlian Records, have trooped to social media to react to the sudden demise of “Imole” as he is fondly remembered.
Edo-born singer Shallipopi and TI blaze also aired their shock with screenshots of conversation on a supposed music collaboration with Mohbad.
“We never record our song,” @plutomaniapopi wrote after rushing to Mobad’s page to confirm the incident. “Hope say this news I de hear na fake sha.”
@official TI blaze wrote, “We was supposed to link up this weekend mehnn, death is bitter, my body just de cold.” TI blaze also reached out to his page to express his grief, saying, “I don’t want to believe this.”
Naira Marley’s sister, Shubomi (@shubomi 1), wrote “Dear Mo bad, prove me wrong for God’s sake,” with a broken heart emoji.
Vee of Big Brother Naija (@Veeiye) posted, “I hope Mobad finds peace, I really do.”
Other celebrities like Lil Kesh, Omalay, among others, have also expressed their condolences via their social media handles.