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Veteran Kenyan Actor & Comedian Popularly Known As Papa Shirandula Dies Aged 58

The veteran actor and comedian died in a Nairobi hospital, aged 58.

 According to Citizen TV digital publication, the family said the TV star, a firstborn in a family of four, succumbed to a short illness on Saturday 18. Another report on Daily Nation, also a Kenyan publication, indicates that the actor on arrival at the hospital, “It is sad he didn’t make it out of the hospital alive. He had tested positive for Covid-19. We are devastated,” the paper quotes his brother-in-law Ronald Wanyama.

The actor, born Charles Bukeko won the hearts of many in Kenya and the region through a long-running popular show that aired on one of the country’s top TV stations Citizen TV owned by Royal Media Services for more than a decade.

‘Papa Shirandula’ show depicted a story revolving around a man who’s full of drama. He’s married to 4 wives and has a German girlfriend and he has four kids.

The talented thespian honed his skills in stage performance at the Kenya National Theater and Phoenix Theater in Nairobi before shifting to TV where he made his name as a star act.

“On behalf of the Royal Media Services, I wish to convey my sincere condolences to the family and friends of popular TV actor, Charles Bukeko who passed away this morning,”  Royal Media Services MD Wachira Waruru said in a statement.

The multiple award-winner described as an industrious and humble creative made a name for himself as a top star and off-screen as a mentor, he leaves behind his wife and three children.

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