Dark year for Kenyan celebrities: Seven popular artists who died in 2017
10 months ago, 31 Dec 10:52
The year 2017 has been a very difficult many for Kenyans and for many reasons. As if this is not enough, the cruel hand of death set in, taking a number of celebrities with it. Here are some of the celebrities who died this year. Janet Ikua Kanini: A favourite news anchor Janet died after a painful battle with lung cancer. News of her death hit Kenyans of all walks with great shock, more so after she had been declared cancer free and out of danger by the doctors. Her fight with cancer inspired many and gave hope to other swho were still affected by the cancer killer dragon. Ayeiya: His death equally came as a shock to many because it was sudden. On the fateful day he had just completed a Churchill Live Recording at Carnivore Restaurant and was headed back home when a road accident on Langata Road happened. He died on the spot, taking to the grave the many plans he had in matters comedy. Big Kev: Event organiser Big Kev, born Kevin Ombajo, died after a long battle with a brain tumour that did not respond to numerous surgeries and treatment. Big Kev, who was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor in 2010, died in July 29 at the Nairobi Hospital where he was admitted since February, 2017. Prior to his death the founder of True Blaq Events had undergone 14 surgeries to remove the tumor, with one of the surgical operations performed in India in October, 2016. The last surgical operation performed on him was at the Nairobi Hospital on February 3, 2017. When he was flown to India for treatment in October, 2016, Kenyan doctors had expressed fear of operating on him, citing the operation as a great risk to his life. After the India surgery, Big Kev, sadly, lost his eyesight and suffered paralysis on his left side of the body. In July, 2016 he was hospitalized after a seizure after which he took to Facebook to share his then-six-year journey with the tumour and how much it had affected his life. At the time of his death hundreds of mourners among them President Uhuru Kenyatta tweeted: “Saddened by @BigKevKenya’s passing on. Against all odds, you prevailed again and again. You inspired a generation. RIP.” Maureen Wanza: In late September, Kenyans woke up to the shocking news of the demise of popular Kenyan actress Maureen Wanza who played the role as Sasha in the Swahili program Sumu, Almasi including several operas that have aired on Kenyan TV. Wanza died at a Kilifi hospital while giving birth to her child, the baby also died in the process during the ongoing nurses strike that lasted 106 days. “She bled to death. Unfortunately, her baby also died minutes later," said Ashiners Films CEO Ann Hamburg Ms Wanza who was nominated for the 2015 Kalasha awards for best lead actress in TV drama for her roles as Laiki on Cheche and Sasha in the series Sumu. Many ...
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