Edo-born business mogul Captain Hosa Okunbo is dead.
He died on Saturday night in London at age 63.
Although the family is yet to release an official statement about his demise, the late billionaire reportedly died following a one-year fight with pancreatic cancer.
Multiple reports suggested doctors had last year told the late philanthropist he had nine months to live.
It was gathered that his health had greatly improved and he was planning to return to the country by next week to attend the coronation of the new Olu of Warri Tsola Emiko who is married to his daughter Ivie.
He is survived by a wife, Nosa and his children.
Born on January 7 1958 in Benin City, Okunbor was the Chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions Limited (OMSL). He had his secondary education at the Federal Government College, Warri in Delta State.
At 21, he became a pilot following his graduation from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Centre in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Okunbo whose father Robert Amos Okunbo – was a preacher and teacher – later proceeded to ACME School of Aeronautics, Fort Worth, Texas in the US. There, he earned an Airline Transport Pilot Licence.
He retired from working as a pilot at 30 and ventured into business.