Yesterday (June 24), the sad news of the untimely demise of Nigerian veteran pop star – Dbanj’s son hit the internet with reports that the 13-month-old baby was involved in a fatal pool accident at their residence in Ikoyi, Lagos Island – Nigeria.
The devastating news of baby Daniel’s passing has left the entire country in a cold as thousands have begun to send good thoughts, prayers and condolences to the singer mostly via social media.
Daniel D’ Third as the singer refers to his son is a bundle of joy and beauty and as seen on his social media page, the pop star unrelentingly shares sights of his father and son moment with the child for the world to see.
Daniel is D’banj’s known only child and the first fruit of his 2-year-old union with Lineo Kilgrow Oyebanjo. As a Twitter user puts it; “there is a name for a child who loses his father, there is a name for a child who loses his mother and there is a name for a child who loses both parents but there is none for a parent who loses their child”.
As D’banj rightly said in his last Instagram post that confirms the passing of his baby boy, ‘these are trying times’ and in truth, no parent should bury their child. But as it is known, death is a bitch and just like D’banj it has snatched the children of a number of musicians across the world.
Here’s a list of other notable musicians who have lost their kids to the cold hands of death.
King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal
In December 2017, revered Fuji musician KWAM1 lost one of his daughter’s. The 34-year-old reportedly passed on in Canada after a brief illness speculated to have been related to diabetes. The singer confirmed the demise of his daughter less than 24-hours later via social media, accepting her death as the will of Allah.
In 2011, Usher’s 11-year-old step-son tragically lost his life when he was struck by a man on a jet ski while riding an inner tube on a lake. He was later declared brain dead and was taken off of life support just two weeks later.
Late iconic singer – Prince birthed a son who was named Boy Gregory with wife Mayte Garcia in 1996. Unfortunately, he died one week later due to the Pfeiffer Syndrome. The event had a profound effect on the two, eventually leading to their separation within the next year. Although Prince rarely spoke about the ordeal, Mayte opened up about the trauma it caused her: it left her with no desire to be a mother as she had previously always wanted.
In 2008, Dre’s third child Andre Young Jr. who he had with a woman called Jenita Porter, was found dead at Dre’s family home from an accidental overdose of heroin and morphine. He was a 20-year-old.