Veteran Nollywood actor, Chief Lari Williams, has reportedly died at age 81 following a long illness.
The deceased, who was famous for his roles in hit soap operas such as Village Headmaster, Ripples, and Mirror in The Sun, died peacefully on Sunday at his home in Ikom, Cross River State as contained in in a statement by the family.
During his lifetime, 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.
Chief Williams was the first president of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria 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