Nollywood actor Matt Alkali, also called Dareng, reportedly died on Tuesday while filming on a movie set in Abuja.

According to Nigerian media reports, he died out of complications resulting from a blood clotting condition, but others are also linking it to COVID-19.

Dimbo Atiya, producer of Halita TV Series, confirmed his death on Facebook.

“Familiar Grounds Media would like to send our deepest condolences to the family of Akali Matthew who played the character of Dareng on the TV Series Halita. He was one of our much-valued cast who died on the 24th of March 2020. This extremely sad event took place suddenly while he was filming on another set for an epic movie in a village near Keffi. This has come as a rude shock to us all and we pray that the Lord will grant his family the fortitude to bear this great loss,” he said.

He also denied reports that he died on his set, as well rubbished claims that he got exposed to coronavirus at the 2020 edition of Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA).

“He was not at the AMVCA. And even if he had a contact with anyone with COVID-19 here in Abuja, he will (sic) still be in the incubating period,” he indicated.

—Daily Guide