Oronto Douglas, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Research, Documentation and Strategy, has died.
Douglas passed away at the age of 48 on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the State House hospital in Abuja. He would have turned 49 on August 6.
The lawyer and environmental activist was reportedly diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and is believed to have died from complications relating to the disease.
After a break from the disease, Douglas suffered a relapse in 2011 and on March 18, 2015 was told by doctors in the US that he had just days to live, according to online news platform, The Cable.
“They told him he would die in a matter of days. That was on March 18, 2015. He had to choose between dying in the US and returning to Nigeria. He decided to return home,” a family source told The Cable.
Douglas chose to return home and died three weeks after the doctors’ prognosis was given.
He was said to have been active and in high spirits up until his death at 4:58am on Thursday.
He is survived by his wife and two young sons.