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Rest In Peace: Rigobert Song ‘Dead’ - 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

One of the most recognizable faces in African soccer has reportedly died at the age of 40.  Rigobert Song suffered a stroke on October 3...

One of the most recognizable faces in African soccer has reportedly died at the age of 40. 

Rigobert Song suffered a stroke on October 3 and was said to have been making a recovery. News of his death was confirmed on October 7, days after government officials in his homeland had given him the all-clear.

Here’s what you need to know:
Rest In Peace: Rigobert Song ‘Dead’ - 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
1. Song Had Reportedly Left a Hospital in a Conscious State: ESPN reports that Cameron’s health minister, Andre Mama Fouda, said on October 5, “He leaves conscious. His life is no longer in danger, but he is not out of the woods yet. We hope he gets well soon, and comes back in full form, as we know him to be.”

While on October 5, CamFoot reported that Song had opened his eyes following his coma. The website adds that

2. Song Will Forever Be Remembered for Being Red Carded as a Teenager at USA ’94

3. He Is Survived by His Wife Gabrielle Esther Nnomo Mballa

4. Song’s Nephew Is Former Barcelona & Arsenal Player Alex Song

5. At the Time of His Death, Song Was Managing Chad, One of the Lowest Ranked Teams in the World.

DEATH HOAX UPDATED: ESPN reports that Cameron’s health minister, Andre Mama Fouda, said on October 5, “He leaves conscious. His life is no longer in danger, but he is not out of the woods yet. We hope he gets well soon, and comes back in full form, as we know him to be.”

While on October 5, CamFoot reported that Song had opened his eyes following his coma. The website adds that Song had been airlifted from Yaounde in his homeland to Paris. While being transported to a private plane, Song raised a fist in salute to well-wishers.


The last update on Song’s condition came from L’Equipe on October 7, that report said that Song’s operation had been a success and that he was on the road to recovery.

Read more here: Is Rigobert Song ‘Dead’? Rumors of Soccer Star’s Death Spread Online.