Veteran actor and former President of the Ghana Actors Guild, Nii Odoi Mensah, has died in China where he had undergone a kidney transplant.
The transplant became necessary after doctors declared his two kidneys as incapable of functioning well enough to keep him alive.
Reports however say he was unable raise the required $25,000 for the surgery.
He was to return to Ghana on Sunday.
Nii Odoi Mensah announced in January last year that he was suffering from chronic kidney failure and he needed to spend about $300 each week for dialysis treatment.
Sources in the industry and in the Actors Guild have confirmed the death to citifmonline.com.
His death comes barely few months after another veteran actor, Rev. Eddie Coffie died. Other Ghanaian showbiz personalities who have died in recent months are comedians Bishop Bob Okala and Nkomode.
News of his kidney disease came to public after the death of Nollywood actor, Muna Obiekwe. The Nigerian actor died in January 2015 at age 36 after he lost his battle with a kidney disease.
Nii Odoi Mensah in a video, while receiving a donation from actress Juliet Ibrahim in 2014, disclosed that “I’m a chronic kidney patient,” and called for public support to get medical treatment.
Juliet Ibrahim, who posted the video on her Instagram page, last year, added the caption: “My last donation to veteran actor Nii Odoi Mensah who is now a chronic kidney failure patient. He is in need of your help he has lost both kidneys. He has been going through this all alone till he realized he alone can’t pay his hospital bills which cost per dialysis 100 usd 3 times a week for the rest of his life.
Mr Odoi Mensah starred in several Ghanaian movies with notable actors and actresses such as Grace Nortey, Brew Riverson Junior and Victor Lutterodt among others.