JUST IN: Renowned playwright, Professor John Pepper Clark, is dead

The death of inimitable literary icon and playwright, Emeritus Professor John Pepper Clark Bekederemo has been announced.

JP Clark reportedly joined his ancestors on Tuesday morning in an undisclosed hospital in Lagos where he had been receiving treatment.

The Bayelsa-born poet and Emeritus Professor of Literature is the younger brother of former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark.

In a statement signed by Prof. C. C. Clark, for the family and Mr Ilaye Clark, for the children and made available to journalists on Tuesday, Professor Clark died in the early hours of Tuesday.

“The Clark-Fuludu Bekederemo family of Kiagbodo Town, Delta State, wishes to announce that Emeritus Professor of Literature and Renowned Writer, Prof. John Pepper Clark, has finally dropped his pen in the early hours of today, Tuesday, 13 October 2020.

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“Prof. J. P. Clark has paddled on to the great beyond in comfort of his wife, children and siblings, around him.

“The family appreciates your prayers at this time. Other details will be announced later by the family,” the statement read.

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