Nollywood actress, Chioma Toplis has revealed hidden secrets surrounding the death of her colleague, Leonard Chimezie Onyemachi, professionally known as Leo Mezie.
Recall that the actress in a post on her Instagram account on Monday noted that the actor died while recovering from a kidney transplant.
Toplis in a post on her account on Tuesday condemned Nigerians who blamed Nollywood for the death of the actor.
The actress disclosed that money was contributed to Leo Mezie in 2016 for surgery, only for him to travel to London with his wife and did not allow anyone to visit him in hospital.
Toplis disclosed that months later Leo came back to Nigeria and didn’t look like someone who had major surgery.
The actress noted that the deceased at the time organised a huge thanksgiving service, claiming that he was miraculously healed.
She stated that Leo claimed that the failed kidneys were revived in London and the doctors there said there was no need for surgery.
Shedding more light on the issue, Toplis wrote, “This is for people saying that Nollywood didn’t help Leo when he was alive/ill. Or blaming Nollywood for his death. In 2016 Money was contributed to his surgery including the huge some that Apostle gave him. He came to London with his then-wife for the surgery. I and another actress who was in London contacted him so we could visit him in the hospital but he did not allow us to come to see him. Months later he came back and didn’t look like someone that had such major surgery.
“He organised a huge Thanksgiving service at the Apostle’s church where he said that he miraculously healed. That his failed kidneys were revived in London and the doctors there said that he didn’t need surgery. People questioned who then diagnosed him and booked the surgery of which money was donated?
“He continued living his normal life. News broke through Actress Chioma Okoye’s foundation that he was ill again and needed donations. Money was contributed to an extent before he asked the foundation to give him the money. The quarrel started between him and the foundation. They said it was not in their agreement, that they don’t give or contribute to individual accounts. At this point, a lot of people lost interest. Even the AGN President Emeka came into that matter then to make sure it was resolved. A lot of actors posted and solicited funds for him too.
She continued, “So all these comment-seyy people (keyboard warriors) talking down on the Actors guild I believe they were not aware of the story of Leo and his health or they just want to give a dog a bad name to kill it.
“Like I said a lot of people lost interest in his case even the Apostle that helped him the most. The plain truth is that he was enjoying the money he was making out of his illness. His wife left him and relocated to the US when she got a visa.
“His family and extended family took over and helped him with dialysis, and raised the N17m for the transplant which was done about a week ago. Yes, he has family members about three of them live in the US. Unfortunately, he died on Saturday and his corpse was moved to Umuahia on Sunday. RIP Leo.”
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