Following Chidinma Mbalaso‘s death on Friday, March 25 2011, which came two days after fast rising comedian CD John, was announced dead, resulting from a ghastly auto crash; condolence messages and public sympathy have continued to greet the Mbalaso family and the entertainment industry at large. Mbalaso, 22, who was a contestant in the 2009 HiTV-aired Koko Mansion, was building a career as a stylist and actress. She was reportedly in a coma for hours, following a tragic car crash, as friends and family members rallied round for blood donation. Unfortunately, they could not salvage the situation before she passed away. Surprisingly, the Koko Mansion family including housemates, Mo’Hits and HiTV were conspicuously absent at the University of Abuja undergraduate’s burial held on Wednesday April 13, 2011 at her home town, Amiyi, Ahaba-Imenyi, Isuikwuato LGA, Abia State. None of the parties was interested in reacting to their absence when we tried to inquire. HiTV rep, Justin Akpovi-Esade simply quipped ‘it’s a non issue you are chasing‘. Though the cable channel had earlier expressed its shock over the death of the pretty lady; and her fellow housemates led by the winner Bolanle Okhiria also wrote a tribute piece published by Nigerian Entertainment Today, many would have thought that there would be at least one representative of the parties at Ms Mbalaso’s funeral rites – which would have also meant a representation of the Nigerian entertainment industry. Chidinma Mbalaso was reportedly on her way back to Abuja, from Kaduna where she had gone to pick up her car. She was driving back to Abuja when a motorcycle ran into her path. She was trying to avoid the motorcycle when she lost control. She died at St. Gerald‘s hospital in Kaduna.
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