Only doctor’s report can determine cause of Keshi’s death – family

 By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City 

Family members of late coach of the Super Eagles, Mr. Stephen Keshi has said that the family would conduct toxicological autopsy to determine the actual cause of death of the deceased. 

The late Keshi was declared ‘brought in dead’ at a popular private hospital in Benin where he was rushed to at about 11:30pm on Tuesday. 

Speaking on behalf of the family, an in-law, Mr. Rickey Aburime, Rickey cautioned against speculation about the cause of Keshi’s death just as he also debunked media report attributing the cause of his death to heart attack.

He said Keshi was talking with some friends and family members at his Benin City resident when the medical crisis began. 

Rickey stated that it took less than 15 minutes to rush Keshi to the hospital after the crisis started but was already dead by the time they got to the hospital. 

“All of a sudden, they 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 he got to 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 and the police came to inspect the body. I am about to take the corpse to Stella Obasanjo 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. That massage on his leg had taken one hour before the distress. There was no sign of ill health and Keshi has not complained recently.”

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