The false rumours had said Taribo had died at 50 at a South African hospital. But speaking in a short interview about the rumour, Taribo said he is alive and fine. That the news came to him while he was mediating on a sermon. He also said he received calls from all over the world, stating that he had never received calls that much before in his life.
“I received calls telling me to check Facebook about news of my death. I saw reports of my death and people were commenting. I just laughed. I’ve never received such number of calls all my life. From US, UK, all over the world.''The Atlanta ’96 Olympics gold medallist added that he had a premonition that something ‘evil’ was
going to happen, after a spiritual attack.
“It’s the handwork of the devil; they struck but they couldn’t get me. Last week, I had a revelation, in which I was heavily attacked but they couldn’t get me. They also tried it in the physical but they didn’t succeed. So, when they couldn’t kill me, they resorted to the rumour of my death. It wasn’t an ordinary thing. But when they can’t get you, they must join you in celebrating with you. That’s what’s happening now.”He also said he is relieved and happy after God used the news to reunite him with old friends and acquaintances.
“All the people I had lost contact with were calling, thinking I had kicked the bucket. But it helped me in reuniting with these people. That’s God’s work, when the devil means evil for you, God turns it to good for His children. I didn’t travel. I only went to the American Embassy last Tuesday; I never travelled after that,” Taribo said.Several outlets (not Laila's Blog) had pronounced Taribo dead on the basis of an alleged report on a South African radio station.
The report had said Taribo was flown into South Africa for medical treatment but did not state what he was diagnosed of. His body was said to have since been sent for autopsy but all that have been confirmed to be false.