Star Journalist Dies of COVID-19

At the time of his death, Githinji worked as The Star Newspaper's Embu reporter and was aged 52.

Star Journalist Dies of COVID-19

Radio Africa Group and the media fraternity have been thrown into mourning following the death of The Star newspaper journalist Reuben Githinji to reported COVID-19 complications.

Githinji's sister, Grace Wacheke, confirmed his demise to Nation, adding that the scribe succumbed to the virus on Wednesday morning, March 24 while undergoing treatment at Murang'a Hospital.

At the time of his death, Githinji worked as The Star Newspaper's Embu reporter and was aged 52.

"My brother has died of COVID-19. We have learnt of his demise with great shock," she stated.

She further revealed that her brother had been admitted at the Embu Referral Hospital in the week that began on Monday, March 15, after he complained of difficulties in breathing.

On arrival to the hospital, he was put on oxygen support before being transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) wing after his condition worsened.

Unfortunately, the wing was full and the hospital had transferred him to Murang'a Hospital. He died a few days later.

Githinji leaves behind a wife and one child who is set to sit for the upcoming Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE).

"We shall meet as a family to make burial arrangements for our beloved brother," continued Wacheke.

Githinji's death follows the death of former Nation FM presenter Lorna Irungu-Macharia to COVID-19, adding to a growing list of obituaries of Kenyans succumbing to the virus.

"Lorna Irungu-Macharia has succumbed to COVID-19; the former Gina Din Group Managing Director, who was also a media personality, has been a Lupus survivor for over 20 years and had undergone several kidney transplants," tweeted NTV news anchor Dan Mwangi. 

Irungu burst to fame as a presenter in the Omo Pick a Box game show which aired on KTN.

She later hosted Club Kiboko on KTN between 1994 and 1999, while also producing a magazine show Maisha and the youth dialogue show dubbed Niaje. She also hosted State of The Nation at Nation FM, which was then dubbed Easy FM.