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Is Rigobert Song ‘Dead’? Rumors of Soccer Star’s Death Spread Online

Rigobert Song Dead

Song pictured with fans in 2014. (Getty)

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 first reported on October 7, days after government officials in his homeland had given him the all-clear.

The only news outlet officially reporting that Song had is Africa News Today. The website quotes Song’s “son” Alex, formerly of Barcelona and Arsenal and who is now at Rubin Kazan in Russia, in confirming the death. Alex Song is not Rigobert Song but rather is his nephew.

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.

Rigobert Song Cameron England 1997

Song pictured while playing at Wembley Stadium for Cameron in a friendly in November 1997. (Getty)

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.

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11 comments

  1. My Heart Is Fully With Grieves Because I Was Used To Call By That Name Song In 1999, When I Was In Primary School( CBC Awing, Cameroon While Defending My School By Then) And Now A University Degree Holder, College Of Technology University Of Buea! I Believe Not On His Death! But If So, I Pray To Our Father God In Haven To Be Merciful To All The Stars Across The Clobe. Help Us The Sport Men And Women Lord. Please We Have No Helper Except You Alone, We Rely On You Alone!

  2. My dear bro… R Song B I wish you a quick recovery in Jesus Mighty name I was so sad when I heard the news of your death I was so confused and didn’t know what to do but I thank the gud lord that I serve because he said in the book of Jeremiah 29 : 11 that for I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future be strong bro… don’t worry you can die an untimely death you are going to leave 120 the yrs okay I am praying for you every day

  3. WE CAMEROONIANS SHUD NOT BE SO STUPID AND ANCIOUS TO SEE A LION DYING.HOW CAN IT BE TRUE BECAUSE THE SON OF A LION DOES NOT DIE IN A STRANGE LAND.