The online news reports said he died in the United States after undergoing an open heart surgery. The former Governor was said to have travelled to the United States about two months ago for medical reasons.
However, a statement issued on his behalf by his former Special Adviser of Media and later information commissioner, Mr Igbonekwu Ogazimorah, states:
“Here is stating that there is no truth whatsoever in the claim by some people that former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani is dead or gripped with any terminal illness. Yes, Nnamani undertook a successful open heart surgery two months ago and has been recuperating. He personally spoke to me twice yesterday and at exactly 4.35 pm today, Friday, August 17. In high spirit, Chimaroke Nnamani requested me to tell his followers that he considers it a privilege to be among the very few who had the opportunity of reading their obituaries. Friends and well wishers are advised to ignore the rumour as Nnamani is alive and well, though currently staying out of Nigeria because of the surgery.”