David Oyelowo loses dad to colon cancer

British–American actor and producer David Oyelowo today announced the death of his father, Stephen Oyelowo who succumbed to colon cancer.

Oyelowo, a British Nigerian broke the sad news today on his Instagram page. And he paid a long tribute to his ‘lovely daddy’.

“It is with a heavy heart that I bring the news of the passing of my BELOVED father. My brothers and I knew him as our protector, guardian, hero, encourager and our lovely Daddy. You probably knew him as @the_leaf_blower, because of his hilarious antics with that very noisy device!

David Oyelowo announces daddy’s death

“You wouldn’t know it, but my Dad had been in a years long battle with colon cancer. My heart is at peace because his pain is now over and the real victory has been won because I know he is now with his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

“He fought so hard to stick around for me, my brothers and his grandchildren. He would often say to me. God has so much in store for you, and I want to be here to see it”.

“My last conversation with my Dad, as he fought through the pain, went like this. ME: Daddy I love you and it’s okay to let go. Are you ready to go and be with mummy now?

“MY DAD: Yes!

“He passed away peacefully this week and I truly believe he’s now reunited with my mum in heaven, and although I will never truly get over losing him, my heart is full at the thought of him with my mother again. He loved her so much. Thank you to all who loved him, “followed” him and celebrated this most transcendent of human beings. He loved you all. Giving love was his special gift, his true talent, his greatest example. Rest well, Daddy. ❤️

David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo’s highest-profile role to date was as Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 biographical drama film Selma. He also took the lead role in A United Kingdom as well as playing the role of a chess coach in Queen of Katwe

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