Respected Kenyan businessman Chris Kirubi on Monday, June 14 died at the age of 80 years.
The family of the billionaire owner of Capital FM confirmed that Kirubi passed away after a long battle with cancer.
The businessman has been in and out of hospital receiving treatment for the disease including when he was flown to the US for specialised treatment in 2017.
Hours before his demise, Kirubi had shared an uplifting post on his official Twitter account encouraging Kenyans to endure to achieve success.
“Top of the morning to you, my dear friend. It doesn’t have to be a tiring Monday. Instead, I bring to you good tidings of favour, success, achievements and happiness in the new week.
“Give yourself a go towards your success plan. Enjoy today and the rest of your week,” wrote Kirubi.
In a past interview, Kirubi noted that he was diagnosed with the disease after he had had a normal working day characterised by a number of business meetings before retiring to his home in Kitisuru, Nairobi.
While resting at home, the tycoon started experiencing fever and called his private doctor who tagged along with a pathologist.
“They took my blood and quickly ran checks only to return to tell me that I was very sick and needed to go with them to the hospital. They rushed me through the emergency section straight to the High Dependency Ward at Nairobi Hospital.
“I’m told my eyes were yellow and my fever was shooting through the roof. From there it was a series of tests for the next few days as they observed my situation,” Kirubi narrated.
The 78-year-old was later informed that he had stage two cancer, which was affecting his internal organs including the lungs and kidneys. The doctors also urged him to fly out of the country immediately for treatment.
Kirubi is a wealthy and influential entrepreneur with notable investments including Centum Real Estate that owns the Two Rivers Mall.
On Monday, September 16, 2019, the late tycoon made a heartfelt appeal to members of the public regarding the casual approach to cancer screening.
In a video, the tycoon asked his audience to go for cancer screening early enough stressing that, if discovered early, chances of survival would be much higher.
Speaking from experience, Kirubi further noted that the disease was not as devastating as many people think but the catch was to get tested early.