Suntai died in his home while undergoing rehabilitation for brain injuries he sustained from a plane crash.
According to Sahara Reporters, Suntai died in his home while undergoing rehabilitation for brain injuries he sustained from a plane crash.
The plane crash happened on October 25, 2012 when a private Cessna 208 aircraft he piloted himself crashed in Yola, with five of his aides onboard.
He had been travelling from Jalingo, Taraba's state capital to the Adamawa state capital.
After receiving initial treatment at the Adamawa Standard German Hospital in Yola, Suntai was transferred to the National Hospital Abuja the next day, before he was flown to Germany, then later to a rehabilitation centre in the United States of America for further treatment.
He was flown back to the country in 2013 in a bid to ease political tensions in the state regarding his health status before he was flown abroad again when it was clear he wasn't fit to resume his executive duties.
He returned to the country again during the 2015 gubernatorial election in the state before reportedly leaving for Florida, United States, after the election.
In February, a twitter user, (@Khaleed_Alee), posted pictures of Suntai at what looked like a care home.
He kicked off his political career when he was elected Chairman of Bali Local Government in 1989. He held a series of political positions before he was elected Taraba state governor in 2007, running under the umbrella of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
The 55-year-old was governor of Taraba from 2007 till 2015 when he was succeeded by incumbent, Darius Ishaku.
Between the time of the crash and 2015 when Ishaku was elected governor, Garba Umar and, later, Sani Danladi served in Suntai's absence as Acting Governor, with his reluctance to resign from the position causing a political storm in the state.
A former commissioner of information in the state, Emmanuel Bello confirmed the news of his demise to Sahara Reporters.