Tuesday 02nd of June 2020
Nigerian reggae legend, Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek, is dead. He was best known in his home country for the 1988 album Prisoner of Conscience, which included the multiple award-winning single "Send Down the Rain".Also known as The Rainmaker. He worked with various artists worldwide including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.
Fashek was born in Benin City to an Edo Old Bendel State mother and an Ijesha father(Osun State, Western Nigeria) but identifies with his Benin roots. After his parents separated Fashek remained in Benin City with his mother, and soon joined the choir in his local Aladura church and learned to play the trumpet and guitar whilst composing songs for the choir.
Fashek was married to Rita Fashek who inspired the song "Without You"; the couple had four children together, but later divorced.
In 2015, it was revealed that Fashek was bankrupt and battling drug addiction. After admitting that he needed help, he was admitted into a drug rehabilitation centre in Abuja, but recovered and returned to music.
Besides his struggle with drug addiction, other health conditions required Fashek's hospitalisation on several occasions. He was rumored dead in September 2019 but his manager quelled the rumors, confirming that Fashek had indeed been critically ill, hospitalized at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich in the UK, and in dire need of financial assistance.Billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Femi Otedola has pledged to cover all the singer's medical expenses.
Fashek died on the 1st of June, 2020 at 57 in the United States, after battling an unknown illness. His death was confirmed by his manager, Omenka Uzoma, on the late singer’s official Instagram handle.