Contrary to earlier reports that Rachel Oniga died from COVID-19 complications , the family has cleared the air, revealing the veteran actress died of heart related disease.

In a statement released by the family and signed by the deceased’s sister, Deaconess Toyin Odusote, Oniga who passed away Friday night at the age of 64 had been battling the ailment for some time now.

The family of late Rachel Oniga has confirmed the cause of her death, stating that the veteran actress died of health-related issues, and not COVID-19, as being speculated on social media.

The actress was announced dead on Saturday and speculated that she died of COVID-19 complications.

The family, however, revealed the true cause of her death in a statement titled, ‘An official statement on the passing of Chief Rachel Tabuno Oniga,’ signed by her sister, Toyin Odusote.

The statement reads, “With a heavy heart and total submission to God, we write to announce the passing unto glory of our beloved sister, mother and grandmother; Chief Rachel Tabuno Oniga.

“She died in a Lagos hospital at the age of 64, on Friday, 30th of July 2021, at 10pm.

“Contrary to diverse reports informing that she died from COVID-19 complications, we write to inform the general public that she died from a heart-related issue; an ailment she battled with for a short period before her demise.

“We accept her sudden transition as God’s design and we see it as a function of a race of life well finished. Painful as it may be, we accept it in good faith and total submission to her maker.