Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has confirmed the passing on of his beloved mother, Mrs. GoldCoast Dickson, at the age of 72.
In a statement released on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah-Agbo, the Governor said the late GoldCoast died of cancer at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas, United States, where she had been receiving treatment.
The governor expressed appreciation to the Centre, especially the team of medical professionals, who did their best to save the life of his mother.
He also thanked family members, friends, political associates and Nigerians generally for their prayers and support in the most trying times for the Dickson’s family.
The governor and his late mother
The statement said that until her last breathe, she was a quintessential mother, devout Christian and community leader who devoted her lifetime to the service of God and humanity.
The statement read: "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my dear mother, Mrs Goldcoast Dickson who succumbed on the 8th of August 2018 after months of battling cancer at the University of Texas, M. D. Anders on Cancer centre, Houston, USA. She was aged 72 years.
"At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by her family and loved ones. I thank the team of Doctors and staff of M. D. Anderson Cancer Centre, friends and well wishers for their prayers, support, kindness, compassion and care shown towards myself and the rest of my family."