Former Super Eagles manager Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, who died in the early hours of Wednesday, never got over the passing away of his wife Kate and had briefly returned to Nigeria to visit her graveside before he suffered a heart attack and died on his way to hospital.
Ricky Aburimen, a family member, revealed how the late Super Eales captain and coach died on his way to the hospital after complaining of a leg ailment while holidaying at his Airport road home in Benin before he passed away.
According to Mr Frank Ilaboya, a seasoned journalist and Chairman of the Edo State Football Association (EFA), Aburimen also confirmed that the remains of the former Malian national team coach had been moved to a mortuary in Benin.
The privately-owned mortuary, Faith Mediplex, is located on the Benin Airport road in the Edo State capital.
He said Mr. Keshi died on the way to hospital at about 3 am.
The ex- international lost his wife , Nkem Kate Keshi only last December. They had been married for more than 30 years. She died after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Mr. Keshi is survived by four children and his mother.
Meanwhile, a statement on the coaches death had been released by Emmanuel Ado, brother and aide to the late Mr. Keshi, said: “With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi’.
“Our son, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years (Nkem ), Mrs. Kate Keshi, who passed on on the 9th December 2015.
“Since her death, Keshi has been in mourning. He came back to Nigeria to be with her. He had planned to fly back today (Wednesday), before he suffered a cardiac arrest. He has found rest.”