A member of the late Stephen Keshi’s family, Rickey Aburime, has said a toxicological autopsy will determine the actual cause of the ex-Super Eagles coach’s death.
Keshi died at Faith Mediplex hospital in Benin, Edo State, where he was rushed to at about 11:30pm on Tuesday.
Rickey warned against speculation about the cause of Keshi’s death and debunked media reports that Keshi died of heart attack.
He said Keshi was meeting some friends and family members at his Benin City resident when he suddenly fell sick.
According to Aburime, it took less than 15 minutes to rush the ex-Super Eagles captain to the hospital after the crisis started but was already dead by the time they got to the hospital.
He said: “All of a sudden, they that noticed his countenance changed and he was not okay. The person with him called Ebuka and they rushed him to the hospital. He was dead by the time they got to the hospital. A nurse that checked him said there was no pulse. Doctors later confirmed him dead.
“After the confirmation, as he was not a patient of the hospital, they could not write any report or present any death certificate. They said we must bring the police report and the police came to inspect the body. I am about to take the corpse to Stella Obasanjo hospital pending the autopsy which the family want to do. Dr. Wilson Akhiwu will conduct the autopsy.”
“There is no official statement as to the cause of death. There will be no embalming. It was sudden and we don’t want anybody to speculate. There was no sign of ill health and Keshi has not complained of any recently.”