The family of the legendary Nigerian singer and guitarist, Sir Victor Uwaifo, has revealed the cause of his death.

There was earlier report that the veteran musician and Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Benin died on Saturday after a brief illness at the age of 80.

But in an interview with The Nation on Sunday morning, the late singer’s nephew, Peter de Rock, disclosed that the veteran musician died of a chest infection that affected his lungs.

The gospel musician added that the guitarist had to be supported with oxygen until he died.

He said: “Sir Victor Uwaifo died of chest infection which affected his lungs, thereby leading to difficulties in breathing.

“That’s why he was supported with oxygen.”

Rock, who collaborated with Sir Uwaifo over a week ago on a song titled ‘Hallelujah’, hinted the burial arrangement may be carried out next week.

Born March 1, 1941, Uwaifo who hails from Benin City in Edo State is known for his prowess in handling musical instruments such as guitar, flute, and saxophone.

The celebrated musician was also awarded the National Merit Honours of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) in 1983 for his contributions to the entertainment industry.

The music legend will also be remembered as the first Honorable Commissioner for Arts, Culture, and Tourism in Nigeria.

He is also a highly educated individual holding a B.A Honors (first-class valedictorian), Masters degree, and PhD in Architectural Sculpture, (University of Benin, Nigeria).