Famous Ethiopian Actor Tariku Birhanu a.k.a Baba Dies at 38: Cause of Death Explained


Tariku Birhanu, a famous Ethiopian actor, director, artist, and philanthropist, passed away suddenly earlier today. Read on to learn how did Tariku Birhanu die, what happened to him, and what was the cause of his untimely death at a very young age.

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Birhanu was widely known across the globe for his exceptional acting skills. He was also known for his excellent charitable deeds. He made the phrase “Stubborn Hope” popular which symbolizes his will to never give up.

Who was Tariku Birhanu?

Tariku Birhanu was a young Ethiopian actor, director, producer, and artist. He was born in 1977 (Ethiopian calendar year) and raised in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Birhanu started acting at a very young age and grew up to be the film industry’s new prodigy.

He worked in over 40 Amharic movies in his brief but memorable acting career. Some of his most notable performances came in films like Laundry Boy, Love and Facebook, The Engineers, Kebad Mizan, Abat Hager, Martreza, Wondime Yakob, and Ye’Arada Lij.

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Along with being an impeccable artist, Birhanu was also an advocate of the work of the Eye Bank of Ethiopia. It is an institution that works for the reversal of corneal blindness in the country through the collection and processing of donor corneas.

How did Tariku Birhanu die?

Tariku Birhanu died suddenly on Sunday, December 10, 2022. He was just 38 years old. Birhanu died in Addis Ababa, the city where he was raised and used to live. The young artist had fallen ill lately and couldn’t recover.

The tragic news of Tariku Birhanu’s death at a very young was announced by the Eye Bank of Ethiopia. The institute revealed the heartbreaking news in an emotional Facebook post.

“We forward our heartfelt condolences to his family. He was one of our Ambassadors & pledged to donate his cornea upon his death,” their post states.

Tariku Birhanu dead: What was the cause of his death?

The specific cause of Tariku Birhanu’s death is unavailable at the time of writing. However, we know that Birhanu had fallen sick a day before and was admitted to the hospital. He was getting treated for an unannounced illness but passed away in the morning today.

Neither the doctors nor his family members have made the cause of Tariku Birhanu’s death public. It’s possible they do not want to bring the sensitive information out and want to keep it private. We have tried reaching out to the people close to Baba for their comments.

There seems to be no foul play involved in the unfortunate event. We will update this section when more information is released.

Tariku Birhanu Obituary, Funeral, and Survivors

Tariku Birhanu is survived by his son. He frequently posted pictures with his young child on Instagram where he has over 22.5K followers. Here’s a picture of them together:

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An obituary for Birhanu was posted online but it hasn’t been confirmed by his family. A farewell program for the late artist will take place at the Ethiopian National Theater on Monday, December 11, 2022, in the morning.

The funeral service will take place on the same day at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa.

Tributes to Tariku Birhanu (Baba) Flooding Social Media

Social media platforms are full of emotional tributes following the death of Tariku Birhanu a.k.a Baba. Fans are mourning the loss with heartfelt posts.

Our deepest condolences go out to his family members. May God let the departed soul rest easy.



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