How Chinua Achebe died – Family

Chinua Achebe

The family of foremost literary icon, Chinua Achebe, said their late patriarch died peacefully following a brief illness.

A statement released by his agent and family confirmed that he died last night in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, “following a brief illness.”

Describing the late writer as “one of the great literary voices of his time”, the statement also said Prof Achebe  “was also a beloved husband, father, uncle and grandfather, whose wisdom and courage are an inspiration to all who knew him. Professor Achebe’s family requests privacy at this time.”

The statement said Mr. Achebe’s “wisdom and courage” was an “inspiration to all who knew him.”

Meanwhile, Brown University, where foremost novelist, Prof Chinua Achebe, worked until his death last night, says it would organize a memorial in honour one of its most valuable faculty member in history.

A statement from the university, emailed to PREMIUM TIMES, described the late literary icon’s passing as an event as global significance.

Prof Achebe joined Brown in September 2009 and was its David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of Africana Studies until his death.

And a thick layer of grief has enveloped the university with faculty members terribly devastated by news of his death.

In tribute, Brown University President, Christina Paxson said, ““The colloquia he organized at Brown attracted a grand array of guests and effectively demonstrated how the humanities can build understanding by drawing from and encouraging a variety of perspectives. We were honored to have him among us.”


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:"Warning to Men, These 3 Foods is Slowly Killing Your Erection". Click Here to Know Them

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.

  • Doris Okafor

    So…at what point in this article do you actually tell us as the title suggests, HOW ACHEBE DIED!?!