RIP: Six celebrities we lost in 2019

Njenga,Kone, Sagini and Kantai [Photo: Courtesy]

Death is inevitable for all human beings. However, when it strikes, no one seems ready for the blow it deals.

2019 has had its share of celebrity deaths, with the grim reaper claiming budding talent as well as established names.

Sagini

Real name Eliud Sagini, the rapper’s sudden demise shocked the Kenyan entertainment scene.

Shortly before his death, the Ki2 Ingine hitmaker had complained of being unwell during an interview with KTN’s Str8 Up, which turned out to be his last known interview.

Sagini [Photo: Courtesy]

Speaking to SDE after his passing, Str8 Up host Cheroo said that Sagini was shaking and feverish during the interview.

“He had gone to hospital after having trouble breathing and was given an injection. Despite appearing weak, he insisted on doing the show as it was for his fans.

“We offered him juice but he declined because of the sugar, instead opting to have water,” she narrated.

Sadly, he was pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital.

Comedian Anthony Njenga aka Njenga Mswahili

About a month ago, the funny man was found dead in Dagoretti, Nairobi.

Speaking after Njenga’s passing, Churchill Show’s Daniel Ndambuki said that is body had been found on a railway track, sparking speculation about the cause of his death.

“It is not yet clear under which circumstances this fate befell him, but police have been involved and more will be divulged,” a statement from Churchill read.

Njenga [Photo: Courtesy]

The comic was part of the Churchill Raw comedy show which first aired in 2013.

Chris Kantai

“Huu ni nani G? Huu ni Kantai hajali G, Huu ni mtu mkali G, Tuliza moto kwa fani G,” the hook to Kantai’s famous Kantadda song goes.

On February 27, Kenyans woke up to the news that the pioneer rapper had passed away.

According to a statement from a family representative, Kantai died at the St. Francis Hospital in Kasarani, Nairobi, after being admitted for two days.

Even though the cause of his death was not made public, the rapper had been battling alcoholism for a while.

Though Kantai is gone, he lives on through his music.

Ayub Ogada

Ten months ago, the legendary music composer was found dead at his home in Nyahenya, Kisumu County.

Born Job Seda in 1956, Ogada is widely considered one of Kenya’s greatest musicians.

While still in high school, the father of four composed Koth Biro (Rain Is Coming), a global hit that has been sampled by world-renown musicians.

Ogada [Photo: Courtesy]

In Kanye West’s 2018 album Ye, the rapper credited Ogada after sampling Koth Biro for the track, Yikes.

Credited for putting the nyatiti on the map, Ogada also played other traditional instruments including the kalimba, orutu, traditional flutes as well as contemporary instruments like the guitar and piano.

“When you’re dead, nobody knows it, not even you. You’re just gone,” he once said.

Bruce Odhiambo

The music producer passed away on January 8 at the Nairobi Hospital while undergoing treatment following a heart attack.

A personal friend to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Odhiambo is credited for producing hits like Niache Niimbe by Pitson and Baadaye by then now-disbanded duo of Amos and Josh featuring King Kaka.

Bruce Odhiambo [Photo: Courtesy]

Bruce, who also worked as the chair of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund, was interred in a specially designed piano-themed casket to reflect his life in the music industry.

Kone Nouhoum

On 29th September 2018, the Selina actor sustained multiple spinal fractures after reportedly getting involved in an accident.

Following his extensive injuries, Kone was admitted at the Nairobi Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and was in and out of surgery.

A ballooning hospital bill saw Kenyan celebrities launch an appeal to offset the amount.

Kone [Photo: Courtesy]

Sadly, four months after being admitted in hospital, Kone, who also starred in This Is Life, New Beginnings and Mali passed away.

Other notable personalities we lost in 2019 include Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, Kibra MP Ken Okoth and Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso who all died from cancer.

Even though they are not with us physically, their names, art and impact will be remembered for years to come.

May they Rest In Peace.


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