2019 has not only been a dark year for the country but for the showbiz industry as well.
Death robbed us of talents and supporters of the industry and we pray their souls may continue resting in peace. Here are the deaths that shocked the industry.
The Safaricom CEO succumbed to Acute Myeloid Leukemia cancer on July 1.
He brought a great change to the music industry by giving local artistes a chance to showcase their talent through Twaweza, Safaricom Jazz and Safaricom Live
He supported Kenyan music and his death left a huge void that can never be filled. From rapper Juliani to Sauti Sol to award-winning comedian Eric Omondi, Collymore won the hearts of many.
In a previous interview with the Star, Genge King Jua Cali said,
“Collymore has been very supportive of Kenyan music since he joined Safaricom. His journey, he has been with us all through. During Safaricom Live, he would travel to wherever the event was just to support us. His support was not just in the boardroom. He has been for the industry.”
He died aged 61.
John Ng’ang’a alias De Mathew succumbed to injuries after he was involved in a grisly road accident on August 19. His car rammed into a lorry near Blue Post Hotel, along Thika Road.
On the fateful day he died, De Mathew had spent his entire day at fellow artiste Peter Kigia’s fundraiser before he left with Mugithi singer Mike Rua to an entertainment. After having a good time, he left his friend to his family but never made it.
The Benga singer through his song talked about politics, corruption, challenges affecting the youth among other things.
The legendary rapper passed away on February 27 while undergoing treatment at St Francis Community Hospital in Kasarani.
He was eulogized as a talented artiste, superstar and trailblazer. At the time of his death, he was working on an album, of which he had already produced 10 songs but only released 3.
He was known for songs such as Happy, Kantadda, Jinga Hii and Ting Badi Malo featuring Khaligraph Jones.
The comedian’s body was discovered by the railway track in Dagoretti.
Njenga was battling addiction and was in and out of rehab and was depressed.
Comedian Consumator, who was a close friend to Njenga, told Word Is
We were trying to help him recover after rehab and I was planning on working on new projects together. I even planned to secure him a job to keep him busy because when he was idle it used to affect him.”
His death is still a mystery and Comedian Captain Otoyo while eulogizing Njenga Mswahili he said,
“Depression took our friends down, We don’t know whether he was knocked down by a train or as many are speculating that his body might have been placed on the railway track. He was the only one doing this kind of comedy and he was special.”