After a week after that iconic sports journalist, Sunny Emmanuel Ojagbaese, died in the United States at age 71 after a brief illness, Nigeria has lost another sports journalist, Fabio Lanipekun who passed away after four days he celebrated his 80th birthday.
According to close family sources, he died at the weekend.
An NTA official close to the family also confirmed the death of Fabio Lanipekun whose glory days on the television screens can never be forgotten.
Similarly, one of the people he trained Modele Sarafa-Yusuf, confirmed his demise via a post on her Twitter handle Sunday night.
She wrote: “I mourn the death of my former boss & mentor, Fabio Lanipekun who passed away today- 4 days after his 80th birthday.
“Fabio encouraged my move from NTA Ibadan to Lagos, burnished my skills and taught me hard work & discipline.
“May God grant him peaceful repose & bless his family.”
In a recent expose by another veteran journalist, Kunle Solaja, on Fabio Lanipekun, he revealed that the deceased was born Adesola Lanipekun before he adopted the name ‘Fabio’ from a novel he read while he was a student at the Methodist Boys High School in Lagos.
For most people, the deceased who had stint in print media from the now-defunct Daily Express to his days at Concord Press where he rose to become the Group Sports Editor, had his glory days when he was at the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).
He was promoted to the position of Manager, Sports at the NTA before retirement.