The recent death of former rugby player Allan Makaka left us in shock but so did the deaths of fellow rugby players who died before him.

Some died so young, at a time when their stars were just picking up.

Below are rugby players who have died in the past and what killed them.

1-Allan Makaka

Makaka died on Friday night, May 22, after being involved in a grisly road accident along the Mombasa Nairobi highway.

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Allan Makaka

2-Mike Okombe

Slain international rugby player Mike Okombe was killed by his girlfriend in 2018.

This was after an argument that arose from a truth and dare game during a birthday party drove him wild.

According to court documents Mr Okombe was allegedly in the chest using a kitchen knife, leading to his death.

Mike Okombe


3. Joshua Gathumbi

Rugby player Joshua Gathumbi  in 2010 collapsed and died in a public service vehicle on his way to an internship interview at the United Nations in Gigiri, Nairobi.

Accounts, from family and friends, state that Gathumbi complained of chest pains and fatigue a week before his death.

He was only aged 25 and played for Impala RFC.

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4.Tony Onyango

The Kenya Simbas and KCB full back layer collapsed and died at his home in Nairobi.

He had complained of chest pains during a training session and was advised to rest.


Tony Onyango

James kilonzo

The KCB center James Kilonzo was shot on the chest in the morning of 24 July, 2018.

Rugby player James Kilonzo

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Ogeto Gecheo

The Nondescripts RFC centre sustained a nasty spinal injury while tackling an opponent while playing against Strathmore Leos.

The late Ogeto Gecheo (with glass close to the lips)

The 19-year-old was attended to by match-day medical personnel on the ground before being rushed to Aga Khan Hospital where he later died.

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