Eric passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from complications resulting from the ingestion of an expired drug he took for malaria and typhoid treatment.
A press release signed by a member of the late singer's family, Dereck Osadere Arubayi reads:
"Today we celebrate the life and Glorious Ascension of our father, husband, brother, son and friend, Eric Arubayi, who went to be with the Lord on Saturday, 11th February 2017.
"We are truly honoured that God chose us as the channel through which He released such a wonderful, helping and inspiring gift to the world.
"We are touched by messages of love we have received from all friends and well wishers of the family.
"We are inspired by His life and have become testaments of His Impact around the world.
"Till we meet to part no more, rest in the bosom of the Lord. We all Love you Eric, but God loves you more.
"The commemoration of Eric’s glorious ascension will be communicated soonest."
Arubayi, who was a runner-up of the first season of Idols West Africa passed away at the Delta State Teaching Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Chinonso and a son who is the only fruit of their three years marriage.