Menegian, son of the late Nigerian environmental activist and poet, Ken Saro-Wiwa, has died of coronavirus in the UK. He was said to have been hospitalized following coronavirus complications and later passed on Monday.
The deceased sister, Noo Saro-Wiwa, made the shocking announcement on Thursday through a Facebook post.
She said her 1970-born brother had underlying health conditions before contracting the lethal virus.
“We said goodbye to my brother, Gian, on Monday. He had COVID-19 combined with underlying health conditions.
“Gian was the smartest and most talented out of all of us: a champion sprinter at school, a poet, an artist, budding engineer, a self-taught guitarist, and pianist. But mental health issues limited his life from age 16 onwards,” Noo wrote in a Facebook post.
Noo described her late brother as “a kind and beautiful soul, always wanting the best for his family, always praying for our future success while being eternally optimistic about his own. And, of course, always loved his music”.
He left behind a son, Louis.
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 144,313 deaths out of the 2,164,963 confirmed cases worldwide.