SoniEgwuatu is dead; well-wishers visit Houston home
to condole wife Pat, Akunwata Egwuatu, and children

Well-wishers, friends and mourners Houston businessman Soni Egwuatu have started visiting his Houston home to express sympathy and support for his wife, Pat Egwuatu (an attorney), his children and a visiting older brother Akunwata Egwuatu. Egwuatu passed away around 9.05am on Saturday November 20, 1999 at the Herman Hospital, after his relocation from Houston's Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Hospital. Before his death, he had a long-drawn effort to survive what persons very close to his family informed USAfricaonline.com and NigeriaCentral.com "are complications from a cancer of the liver and hypertension."

Many of his associates and acquaintances were visibly stunned. His wife and family received numerous visitors Sunday evening, including the outgoing president of the Igbo Peoples' Congress Benneth Okpala, former Secretary General of the World Igbo Congress attorney Ken Okorie, family friends Sylvia Amakwe, Ugonna Fabian and Joann Okeke, pastors of the church where the Egwuatus worshipped, Steve and Joy Onoja, Dr. Augustine Egbunike, Mrs. Comfort Kanu Oji, Adanma Ndubuizu, president of Onitsha Indigenes Association, Houston Nwamulunanma Ebo, Treasurer Henry Aduba, and key member of the Onitsha community in Houston Onwa Bosah Odili.

Emmanuel Okoro, one of the organizers of the wake-keeping event, said "It's an unfortunate loss. We'll do our best to give him a befitting burial."

The late Egwuatu hailed from the historic city of Onitsha. Initially, the rumor mill spread a false story of his passing during the first week of November, this year, following his incarceration by law enforcement officers for a number of crimes alleged to have been committed by him.

He had recently started a communications company which sold pagers and calling cards in southwest Houston. Meanwhile, Akunwata Egwuatu has expressed "our family's appreciation for the encouragement and support from the friends and well-wishers of my late brother and his wife."

Egwuatu's friends/organizers of a Houston wake-keeping in his memory will make the announcement of the details of the event and date here at USAfricaonline.com and NigeriaCentral.com.

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