Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa on Thursday confirmed the death of his mother, Mrs Gold Coast Dickson.
She was 72 years old.
The governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Agbo, said the late Gold Coast died of cancer in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas, United States where she had been receiving treatment.
Dickson expressed appreciation to the centre, especially the team of medical professionals who did their best to save the life of his mother.
Dickson also thanked family members, friends, political associates and Nigerians generally for their prayers and support in the most trying times for the Dickson family.
“Until her death, she was a quintessential mother, devout Christian and community leader who devoted her lifetime to the service of God and humanity.
“Condolence registers have been opened in Government House, Yenagoa, the Governor’s residences in Opolo, Yenagoa and Toru-Orua Community in Sagbama LGA, Bayelsa
“Also the condolence register is available at Bayelsa State Liaison Office (IZON Warri) in Abuja and Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja. Funeral details will be announced by the family at a later date,” the statement said. (NAN)