Veteran actor Bob Smith Jnr, often known as Diabolo, has said that he almost passed out upon learning of the death of Prince Yawson, a close friend and coworker.
Speaking on Friday, he stated that although he was aware of the late actor’s illness and that he went by the stage name Waakye, his passing was difficult to accept until he saw the body.
Diabolo declared, “Seriously, I almost dropped and fainted. I reassured myself that it is untrue. I knew he was ill. He was transported to the hospital early on Monday. First, there were no beds available for Korle-Bu. He tried Ridge, but it didn’t work, so he and his fiancée headed to 37 instead.
The actor explained that they had called a couple of his friends to come to the actor’s aid in case they needed a huge sum of money for his medical bills.
Waakye’s fiancée contacted Mr. Smith on his way to the hospital to inform him of the actor’s passing, according to Mr. Smith.
“I was in shock. I was certain that they would deny its veracity later in the day. I had to visit and observe there with my own eyes. Since I believed that anything could be done about it, I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it in all seriousness.
The actor, better known by his stage name Waakye, passed away on Tuesday, August 2 at the 37 Military Hospital.
At the age of 52, he died.
In a previous interview, veteran actress Grace Omaboe, also known as Maame Dokono, explained how Waakye’s death was influenced by the “no bed syndrome.”
She claims that Waakye was sent to Ridge Hospital but was later transferred to the 37 Military Hospital owing to a lack of available hospital beds.
He was treated on a stretcher at the 37 Military Hospital because there were also no hospital beds available. He passed away before they returned with the tools to treat him.
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