Popular Nollywood actor, Chief Lari Williams, has died at the age of 81 following a long illness.
Williams, who was known for his roles in best-selling series such as Village Headmaster, Ripples, and Mirror in The Sun, died peacefully on Sunday at his home in Ikom, Cross River State.
His exit at 81 was disclosed in a statement made available to the press by his family.
At some point in his life, Williams was a poet, playwright and celebrated actor both in live theatre and on screen, earning him a prestigious national honour; Member of the Order of the Federal Republic in 2008.
The deceased was the inaugural president of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and had a career that spanned over five decades.
“He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Burial arrangements will be announced soon,” the statement read.