Harty Condolence! Sprent Dabwido, the former Nauru president and the leader of the Nauru 19, has died. He was 46.
His death was confirmed his close friend, Mathew Batsiua, who is also an opposition politician.
Mr. Batsiua said that Mr. Dabwido passed away surrounded by the loved ones on May 8, 2019, in Australia where he was getting treatment for his terminal cancer.
As for the cause of death, Batsiua said that Dabwido died after battling with nasopharyngeal cancer with which he was diagnosed in April 2018.
Mr. Batsiua said in a statement,
Sprent died the way he lived. He was brave, outspoken and always kept his sense of humour, even in the worst times. Sprent was a truth teller until the end. He also died happy, surrounded by people who loved him.
Dabwido, who was previously professional weightlifter, was a Nauru president from 2011 to 2013 and during that time, he made a decision to allow the reopening of Australia's asylum seekers detention centers on Nauru.
He is survived by his wife Lucinda Dabwido, who he married shortly before his death. Rest In Peace Sprent Dabwido!
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