Former Citizen TV journalist Cliff Moses was found dead in his home in Nairobi County on Saturday, April 23.
Prior to his death, Cliff was a video editor and a motion graphic designer before he resigned two months ago.
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Reports have since indicated that the digital journalist might have died by suicide. He was also said to be suffering from depression and had even sought medical attention after a failed attempt to take his own life.
Sources close to Cliff indicated that his friends and family had advised him to go and stay with his mother following the attempt, but he decided to stay at his house along Ngong Road.
His former colleague had earlier tried to reach out to him via phone but all attempts had failed, prompting him to inform his mother who accompanied the police to his house. They broke into it and found his lifeless body.
Police suspect that Cliff could have died days earlier before his body was discovered. They have launched investigations to establish the cause of his death.
A video that he had shared on his social media pages had suggested that he might have been silently battling depression, oftentimes he used the platforms as a way of expressing a series of emotions.
The emotional video had shown him blowing smoke in the air while lip-syncing to a pre-recorded song as a way of showing how someone had been denied joy after being betrayed.
“The truth is, I watched you give up on me, you don’t think that changed me? It broke me, say something I’m giving up on you,” the journalist quoted the lyrics from the song, Say something by the musical band A Great Big World.
The demise raised debate on social media with mental health awareness coming into play once again, especially among journalists working in some of the top media houses in the country.
Former Citizen TV journalist Kimani Mbugua released a near-four-hour podcast on Sunday, April 3 revealing a series of mental health issues that forced him to take a break from the media space.
The multimedia journalist had worked at the Royal Media Services (RMS) and Nation Media Group (NMG) with his career on an upward trajectory before his life took a downturn two years ago.
In the podcast, Mbugua took listeners through a dark journey where he battled issues mainly involving mental illness that cost him his relationship with his now ex-fiance.
Another media personality, popular disc jockey Alex Murimi, alias DJ Lithium, who worked at Capital FM, died by suicide while at his workplace.
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, leaving behind a suicide note.
Editor’s note: Counsellors, medics, and psychologists advise that you can always reach out for help when experiencing any mental health issues. Call Kenya Red Cross toll-free hotline, 1199 for support.