5 years ago today, we lost a pop princess
It's been 5 years since Goldie shocked Nigerians with the news of her untimely death
Goldie had attended the Grammys in the US and returned to Lagos on February 14, 2013 seemingly hale and hearty, only to suddenly suffer a heart attack that she never recovered from.
Goldie was declared dead on arrival at the Reddington Hospital in Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to an autopsy done on February 19, 2013, and signed by Dr. O.O Oyewole of the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Goldie died of 'hypertensive heart disease' which triggered 'intracerebellar haemorrhage.'
The autopsy report had put to rest the speculations that the musician died of doping complications, a suggestion her widower, Andrew Harvey, quickly dismissed.
"Goldie never used drugs in the last 10 years I knew her and I was as close as you could get," Harvey had said.
Goldie was a contestant at the Big Brother Africa 2012. She was known for her flamboyant and daring fashion statements and her up-tempo songs, which were a combination of afrobeat, house and dance music. How your favourite celebs showed love for their partners on the gram!'
A very good and close friend to the late singer, media personality, Derele Edun in a long write up, remembered Goldie on the fifth year of her demise. He took to his Instagram page where he posted a photo of himself beside Goldie's grave with a caption to the photo
"Dearest friend,You have been dead for FIVE YEARS now. I can’t say it has been easy learning to live without you. Heading into year FIVE, I can say I have started to make real progress. I can talk about your death without crying. I can look people in the eye and tell them how you died. And now I finally feel like I can be honest with you. Okay, not with you per se, but I can be honest with myself about you. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will never see you again. It was incredibly difficult to reconcile my desire to see you again with my belief that there is no afterlife. I used to look for you everywhere, hoping that you were watching over me and sending me signs. But I don’t need you to linger anymore. I am finally at ease with your passing."It shouldn’t have been a secret that I loved you for being more than a friend and closer than family. While I was completely satisfied with what I thought was the ideal platonic male/female relationship, I know others thought that we could be perfect for each other. How serendipitous it would have been! It pains me to admit that I think about you more now than I did when you were alive. I stare into your negative space and fear that one day I will go twenty-four hours without pausing to remember you. I let your tense slide from present to past and even past perfect."While it is frightening to think of what comes next, somehow, in your own way, you’ve prepared me for it. You were my first friend and my first eulogy. I think it would make you, the eternal optimist that you were, happy to know that your friendship keeps making me a better, stronger person. You showed me that I can function in the face of tragedy. You taught me the vocabulary of grief so I can comfort others when they need it. I never would have asked for it to be this way, but if this is what I can take from it, I will. So, dearest friend, that’s all I have to share for now. I’ll raise a glass for your 38th birthday this October, and, as always, I’ll keep you in my thots."P.S: I wore YOUR DRESS to ur graveside. It's ripped here and there (You'll pull my hair out for this) but it's cos I'v been dancing in it all day long!RIP GOLDIE," he wrote.
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