Deborah Onu lost the battle to tuberculosis of the spine in the early hours of Saturday at Primus Hospital, Karu, Abuja.
The basketball player last month got financial support from super Eagles midfielder John to help foot her medical bills.
The operation was successful but according to Secretary-General of the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF), Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi, Onu gave up the ghost.
“We were told she showed marked improvements and was gradually being eased off life support before her condition took a turn for the worst overnight before giving up the ghost.
This is very sad and painful.” NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida also lamented the loss of the promising basketballer. “Our thoughts are with the parents, coaches and team mates at these dark hours.
We pray for her gentle soul to find repose with her creator while granting those she left behind the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.” “We are comforted that she died knowing that Nigerians cared for her.
From the reports we gathered, she was wrongly diagnosed for months by different Doctors which made her case more complicated.”