Velvet-voiced Esiri passed on a few days to the Nigerian premier of his most recent film, The Assassin’s Practice, which opens in cinemas on February 22. The movie was directed by Andrew Ukoko.
In the movie, Esiri plays the role of a failed stock investor, Eviano, who hires an assassin (Eve Pearson) to stage his suicide and make it look like a botched robbery so his wife (Kate Henshaw) and daughter (Sarah Akokhia) would live off his life insurance. To his chagrin, he discovers that the Assassin is delusional and will not spare anyone and he must do everything to undo what he started.
Unconfirmed reports say he died in a Lagos hospital after a secret battle with diabetes.
Below are some of the tributes by celebrities
May God grant @IAM DR SID and the Family the fortitude to bear the sad loss of his Dad and a Veteran Actor. R.I.P Justus Esiri.
With a very heavy heart I sympathize with d family of the late Justus Esiri,he was a great man and his legacy shall continue forever.
Rest-In-Peace Justus Esiri. Artiste. Performer. Culture Advocate. Top Quality Naija brand.
May God grant you and your family the fortitude to bear the loss, accept our heartfelt sympathy .RIP Justus Esiri ,Veteran Actor.
May your soul rest in perfect peace, Uncle Justus Esiri. You will be greatly missed.
RIP Justus Esiri…. Another Great Thespian Departs to Glory!
RIP to my TV dad uncle Justus Esiri. Just don’t know what to say but it is well.
RIP Justus Esiri 🙁 . We will miss you. Condolences
Kaffy the Dance Queen
RIP Justus Esiri. A Legend!
Sad Sad Sad!! Sir Justus Esiri forever!!!