Onaolapo was confirmed dead in July 2013 at the age of 30. Nigerian former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan described "the death of the Nigerian Paralympian gold medallist, Mrs. Joy Onaolapo as a big loss to the nation." Coach Ijeoma Iheriobim, "has described late Onaolapo as a committed and diligent athlete."
- "Nigerian Paralympics gold medalist confirmed dead - Premium Times Nigeria". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
- Nigerian Paralympics gold medalist confirmed dead
- "Onaolapo's death national loss - Jonathan - Vanguard News". Vanguard News. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
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