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Chris Kirubi dies aged 80

Businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist Chris Kirubi is dead.

The family of the business mogul confirmed the sad news on Monday, June 14 revealing that he died from cancer.

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Kirubi has for long struggled with cancer and has been to hospital day by day receiving treatment.

He was once flown to the US for special treatment in 2017.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Christopher J. Kirubi (1941-2021) who passed away today, Monday the June 14, 2021 at 1 p.m. at his home after a long battle with cancer fought with fortitude, grace and courage. He was surrounded by his family,” read the statement.

Hours before Kirubi passed away, he had shared a motivational quote on his Twitter page wishing everyone favour and happiness as they kick off new week

“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,” said Kirubi.

Kirubi previously opened up at an interview he was diagnosed with the disease in a normal after before going back to his Kitisiru home in Nairobi.

While at his home he he experienced fever and it was when his private doctor was alert and arrived at the house accompanied by 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.

He was later told that he had stage two cancer affecting his internal organs including the lungs and kidneys.

Kirubi was an investor in manufacturing, media, real estate, insurance and investment sectors.

He was among the first Kenyans to venture into the manufacturing sector in the 1970s and chaired Haco Industries and also chaired the Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

He was the chairman of Coca-Cola Nairobi Bottlers, DHL Worldwide Express, Capital Media Group, International House Limited and Smart Applications International among others.

Dr Kirubi was the Deputy Chairman of Bayer East Africa Limited.

Chairperson of Brand Kenya Board from March 2016 – December 2017.

Before his demise, he served on the Harvard Global Advisory Council (Massachusetts, USA) and on the Institution’s Africa Advisory Council honing in on specific needs of the continent and was a founder Council Member of the AU Foundation.

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He leaves behind two children, Robert Kirubi and Mary-Ann Musangi.

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