The Director of Public Information at the Temple of Justice, Singbe Gerald Flomo Johnson, Jr., died early Saturday morning from “hypertension” upon arrival at the JFK Memorial Hospital in Sinkor, family sources told the Daily Observer. He was 45.
Other sources disclosed that Mr. Johnson died on Friday night in his sleep.
Mr. Johnson was a graduate of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) and served in several media positions before he was employed about nine months ago by the Judiciary.
One of his last important assignments was the coordination of media activities during the ground breaking for the 8th Judiciary Circuit Court in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, for which President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Chief Justice Francis S. Kporkor led a delegation of government officials.
Mr. Johnson was Director General of the state-owned Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) and Liberia National Television (LNTV). He also served as General Manager of the Reconnaissance Communication Incorporated (RCI), which broadcasts the Truth FM Radio and Real TV.
Singbe came into the media limelight during the country’s civil crisis when he served as a newscaster and reporter for the then Gbarnga-based Radio Liberia, Kiss FM, and later relocated to Monrovia, where he worked for ELBC and Power TV, respectively.
He once held the position of Assistant Police Director for Public Affairs at the Liberia National Police (LNP).
Mr. Johnson on May 16 this year married Bernice Suwah Miller, who currently resides in the US.
His first marriage, from October 1997 to 2012, to Precious Kpann Johnson, was blessed with a daughter, Pegie.
His father, Singbe Gerald Flomo Johnson, Sr., served as Assistant Superintendent for Bong County prior to the 1980 coup. Mr. Flomo Johnson was also the head of the Bong Crier newspaper.
Funeral arrangements of the late Singbe Johnson will be announced later.