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Capital FM’s DJ Lithium Commits Suicide, Leaves Behind Note

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Popular disc jockey Alex Murimi, alias DJ Lithium, who worked at Capital FM, is dead.

DJ Lithium died on Wednesday, January 19 at the Nairobi Hospital where he was rushed on emergency after collapsing in the office.

Speaking to Viral Tea, a source at the radio station revealed that Murimi had ingested rat poison inside the toilets.

He then proceeded to his work desk where he vomited and collapsed.

Capital FM’s Alex Nderi alias DJ Lithium. /CAPITAL GROUP

“At his desk, he left behind a suicide note,” added the source.

The DJ was also reported to have deleted all his social media accounts prior to writing the note.

The station’s management revealed that Murimi’s family was notified of the unfortunate incident and arrived at the hospital shortly after they were fully briefed. Doctors at the hospital worked hard to save his life but he, unfortunately, passed on.

The management urged the staff and the public to accord the family privacy as the circumstances that led to his death were deemed a family matter which has been taken over by authorities.

“Alex was a great addition to the larger Capital FM team, encompassing great talent as a DJ, producer and possessed an interesting ”right-wing” sense of humour,” Danny Munyi, Capital FM’s Programmes Director said.

Munyi added that the radio station would pay tribute to him for the passion he brought to the company.

“To honour him we will celebrate him for the passion he had for this company, his direct breakfast team, his fellow mixmasters and cherish the moments we shared with him,” he added.

Murimi worked for Capital FM for eight years as a producer and DJ. He hosted the Club Capital show, every Friday from 11 pm to 2 am and on the Jam Fridays from 3 pm to 7 pm. 

As a producer, he also hosted various gigs in top urban venues in Nairobi. He was a lover of chemistry in high school, hence assuming the stage name Lithium.

His death comes in the wake of the demise of missing blogger Bogonko Bosire’s brother Joshua during the weekend by suicide.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) rates suicide as a serious global public health issue that is among the top 20 leading causes of death worldwide. Globally, close to 800,000 people die of suicide every year with an estimated 78 per cent of cases occurring in low- and middle-income countries.

Kenya ranks position 114 among the 175 countries with the highest suicide rates. A task force on mental health established Kenya has a high burden of mental illness due to ill health, psychosocial disability and premature mortality with huge gaps in access to care.

Missing journalist Bogonko Bosire. /FILE

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