Goldie Harvey

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Goldie Harvey
Birth nameSusan Oluwabimpe Filani
Born(1981-10-23)23 October 1981
Lagos, Nigeria
Died14 February 2013(2013-02-14) (aged 31)
Lagos, Nigeria
GenresR&B, pop, rap, electropop
Occupation(s)Singer, rapper, songwriter, television personality
Years active2009–2013
LabelsKennis Music
Associated actsJaywon, Baba Keke, Jay Marins, Navio, A.Y.

Susan Oluwabimpe "Goldie" Filani Harvey (23 October 1981 – 14 February 2013) was a Nigerian professional singer and a Big Brother Africa star.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Susan Oluwabimpe "Goldie" Filani was married to Andrew Harvey, an engineer based in Malaysia, in 2005, though this fact was not widely known before she died.[2][3]

Harvey had won several African music awards[1] including a Top Naija Music Award.[4] She appeared on Big Brother Africa in 2012 which was her first TV appearance. She and Kenyan rapper Prezzo, another BBA housemate, appeared to have a close relationship on the show.[5]

Death and memorial[edit]

After returning home to Nigeria from the 2013 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, she complained of a headache and was rushed to hospital where she was later pronounced dead.[6][7][1][8][9][10] Although there were rumors that she may have used drugs that caused her death, her husband denied that possibility.[11] According to an autopsy conducted by the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, the Nigerian pop star died of ‘hypertensive heart disease,’ which triggered an “intracerebellar hemorrhage." [12] Goldie, 31 years old at the time of her death,[1] was laid to rest at the Vaults and Gardens, Ikoyi, Lagos.[13]

She was buried on the 25th of February, 2013 at the Vaults and Gardens Cemetery, Ikoyi, Lagos.[1][13]

On 13 April 2013, press releases said that properties of Goldie Harvey have been willed to charity organisations.[14]


  • 2010 – Gold
  • 2011 – Gold Reloaded

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Nominated work Result Ref
2010 Tush Awards Best Female Musician Won
2011 The Headies Best Collabo "You Know It"
(featuring eLDee)
Nominated [15]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Nigerian singer Susan 'Goldie' Harvey dies in Lagos". BBC. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Our Gold Star…". Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Goldie: Why We Kept Our Marriage Secret – Andrew Harvey" The Nation.
  4. ^ Kevin Rutherford, "Nigerian Singer Goldie Harvey Dead Following Trip to Grammy Awards" Billboard (15 February 2013).
  5. ^ Monday Ateboh, "Goldie Harvey’s husband warns Prezzo to keep off as he mourns wife’s death" Premium Times (16 February 2013).
  6. ^ "Nigerian Singer Goldie Harvey Dead Following Trip to Grammy Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Nigerian singer, reality star Goldie Harvey dies". NDTV. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Nigerian artist Goldie Harvey is dead". Daily Nation. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Nigerian pop singer, Goldie Harvey is dead". Business Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Abdulrahman Abdulmalik, "Goldie didn’t die of drug complications, says husband" Premium Times (16 February 2013).
  12. ^ "Goldie Harvey's Rutopsy Result Released…Died of Hypertension". Vanguard Media Limited, Nigeria. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Goldie Harvey buried in private ceremony". The Vanguard. February 25, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  14. ^ "PHOTOS: Late Goldie Harvey Wills Her Property To Charity". Information Nigeria. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  15. ^ Arogundade, Funsho (26 October 2011). "2011 The Headies: 2Face, Darey, MI, Others Win Multiple Awards". P.M. News. Retrieved 28 February 2014.