Afro-Jazz musician Achieng Abura has passed away at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
The songstress was admitted in the private wing of the hospital on the 13th of October, undergoing treatment for undisclosed illness. She died on Thursday at around 6pm.
A source from her family revealed that the songstress was transferred to the ICU as her condition seemed to worsen.
The cause of death is still unknown although Ms Abura gave an insight to what might be wrong on an October 7 post on Facebook. She wrote:
”I have lost over 50 kgs in the last three Years. Everything is hanging and weak. Walking is a problem with pains all over. Doctor says I must add 30 kgs then lose it as I exercise and firm up. The irony of life.”
”I was not even losing weight intentionally! I allowed life to get the better of me. Learn from my mistakes.”
Achieng Abura was born in Eldoret. The former Tusker project fame principal holds an MSc in Philosophy and Environmental studies.
She made her music debut in 1990 with a gospel album titled ”I Believe”. Her following albums includes ”Way Over Yonder” and ”Sulwe”.
She won the Kora Award in 2004 for Best East African Female; shared with Tsedenia Gebremarkos of Ethiopia. She was also a UNDP Goodwill ambassador.
Kenyans reacted on social media after the death of the former voice coach. Tributes and condolence messages have poured in describing her as a legend, passionate soul, and an inspiration to young singers.
Fellow songbird and friend Suzzana Owiyo, who paid Aburo a visit while in hospital, said:
”It is unfortunate that we have lost one of the local greatest talent. May God rest her soul in peace.”
May Her Soul Rest In Peace.