Ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Rico Swavey, dies at 29; fans mourn


A former Big Brother Naija Season 3 housemate, Patrick Fakoya, popularly known as “Rico Swavey”, has been confirmed dead after being involved in a ghastly motor accident.

Rico Swavey had been on life support after the accident a few days ago, until his death.

Rico Swavey

His fellow ex-housemate, Tobi Bakre, shared the sad news  on his instagram page on Thursday with the display of a picture of the deceased and himself.

Bakre, who had gone online soliciting funds to resuscitate Rico Swavey while on life support, wrote, “This is how I will remember us brother. Forever#Ripswavey”.

Some other celebrities and former housemates of the Big Brother Naija reality show also took to the comment section of Bakre’s post to pay tribute to late Rico Swavey.

Daniella Peters wrote, “Rest on Rico”.

Tayo Faniran said, “May his soul rest in peace”.

Ike Onyema wrote. “My sincere condolences man”.

Actor Femi Adebayo said, “So sad”.

Also, Ex- housemate, Chukwemeka Okoye, popularly known as “Frodd”, wrote, “This still doesn’t feel real. I don’t know how to feel, it is not possible Rico is dead”.

Rico Swavey, a singer, lawyer and actor, was born in 1993.

Fans of Rico Swavey, on Thursday, took to social media to mourn the lawyer.
Rico Swavey, who was a housemate in the Season 3 Big Brother Naija Reality TV show was involved in a car accident on Tuesday, October 11 and had been on life support since then.

Fans and fellow ex-housemates had pleaded that Nigerians pray for his quick recovery while also gathering funds to take care of his life support bill at the hospital.

One of his ex-housemates, Alex Asogwa, known as Alex Unusual, wrote, “This was not what we agreed, rest in peace Rico.”

Mourning the ex BBN housemate on Twitter with #RIP Rico Swavey, a fan, Tobiloba wrote, “He just clocked 29 in July. Still very young and vibrant. Man had so much dreams and goals. He was positive and supportive. Always had love to give out. Such a delight to our screens. Nah I’m so pained. RIP Rico Swavey.”

Another fan, Ugegbe wrote, “Omo, just like that Rico is gone, God please accept his soul and give his family and friends the fortitude to bear his painful exit. RIP Rico Swavey.”

@UnlimitedEniola wrote, “His journey has come to an end at 29. Pray for the family of Patrick Fakoya, aka Rico Swavey. The Big Brother Nigeria season 3 Housemate battled hard to stay alive but he’s gone now. He’s resting now. RIP Rico Swavey.
Goodbye #RicoSwavey.”

Daniel Regha, a popular social media commentator tweeted, “Rico Swavey’s death is truly heartbreaking, judging by what people say about him, you can tell he’s a beautiful soul; What a loss.

“My deepest condolences to his grieving family. May God strengthen them and help them overcome this irreplaceable loss. RIP Rico. Gone but not forgotten.”

Born in 1993 to a Yoruba Christian family, Rico Swavey was a Big Brother Naija Reality TV star, lawyer, social media influencer, artiste and actor.

The Law graduate of Babcock University was also into music until he got into the Big Brother Naija Season 3, “Double Wahala house”.

After his eviction from the show, he had starred in some Nollywood movies including “Tinsel”, a Soap on DSTV Showcase. 


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