The death of veteran Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, is one that has left the Nigerian film industry and Nigerians in shock. Reports say his death was as a result of cardiac arrest.

Up till this very moment, condolence messages are still pouring in from every corner of the social media.

Mr Ibu: All You Need To Know About Cardiac Arrest
Photo of Mr Ibu in the hospital

To many, no actor would be able to fill the vacuum this legend has left in Nollywood.

With tears and a broken heart, millions of fans bid farewell to Mr Ibu. But many still wonder what really killed him.


Mr Ibu, who was known for his comic roles in Nollywood, died of a cardiac arrest.

Sad Day

Paying tributes to the late Okafor, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, wrote on his Instagram: “Sad day for the Actors Guild of Nigeria.


“Kate Henshaw lost her mother earlier today, and Mr Ibu suffered cardiac arrest, according to his manager of 24 years, Don Nwuzor.

“I announce with a deep sense of grief that Mr Ibu did not make it. May his soul rest in peace”.

Before his death, the deceased suffered from an undisclosed illness and had both legs amputated. It is one of the things that could happen if someone is battling diabetes.

However, he later died of cardiac arrest, a condition many people have little or no knowledge about.


Cardiac Arrest

In this article, we will be taking a close look at the condition that led to Mr Ibu’s demise.

Indeed, God is the giver and taker of life, but it is important for humans to always look out for their health.


After reading this article, you should have a clear understanding of cardiac arrest, its causes, symptoms, prevention and most importantly, its cure.

Here is all you need to know about Cardiac Arrest:

What Is Cardiac Arrest 

According to Mayo Clinic, Cardiac Arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing, and consciousness.


Indeed,  this condition can be caused by various factors, including coronary artery disease, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), electrolyte imbalances, severe blood loss, drug overdose, trauma, and certain genetic conditions.

It essentially occurs when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions, leading to an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that causes the heart to stop pumping blood effectively.

Is Cardiac Arrest Different From Heart Attack?

While often confused, cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack.

A heart attack is caused by a blockage in blood flow to the heart, whereas cardiac arrest is a sudden loss of heart function.


Symptoms of cardiac arrest include sudden loss of consciousness, no pulse, and cessation of breathing.

Those At Risk

Risk factors for this condition include age, family history of heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle.


Immediate CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) are crucial for survival. Also, prompt medical intervention is essential.

Survival Rates

Survival rates depend on various factors including response time, quality of CPR, and access to medical care.

Furthermore, survival rates decrease significantly with each passing minute without intervention.


Lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, managing stress, and controlling underlying medical conditions can reduce the risk of this condition that could lead to death.

Awareness And Education

Public awareness campaigns and education about CPR and AED use are essential to increase survival rates.

In some cases, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) may be recommended for individuals at high risk of cardiac arrest.

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These devices monitor heart rhythms and deliver shocks if abnormal rhythms are detected.

A Helping Hand

Finally, now you know all this, it is time for you to lend a helping hand to others.

Did you just ask how?

Relax, it is simple. All you need to do is click on the share bottun, by so doing you would have helped someone in need of this information.


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