Popular Bukusu Comedian John Gift Passes on as Lingering Questions Surround His Death

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A popular comedian who relays his art in Bukusu language has passed on.

Mr John Simiyu Masinde popularly known as John Gift died today morning while in ICU at Lifecare Hospital in Bungoma town.

However, the circumstances under which he lost his life have raised eyebrows as answers to his death remain scanty.

According to his manager Mr. Jimmy Nduruchi, John Gift is said to have left Bungoma for Kitale when he developed complications between a place called Sikhendu and Kiminini.

It’s at this point that John Gift send communication to Mr. Nduruchi about his health condition before losing consciousness.

“I was at a church function in the evening when I received a message informing me that John Gift was unwell and needed urgent medical attention,” Nduruchi told this writer while at Lifecare Hospital.

“I then headed to Kiminini Cottage Hospital where he had been admitted but the hospital didn’t find any disease in him.”

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“I then took him to Kory Hospital in Bungoma where the medical officer found malaria in his blood, a finding that was not traced in Kiminini.” Nduruchi says.

Kory also established that the 25-year old University of Eldoret student had an extremely low sugar level and high blood pressure.

“Kory said they needed to stabilise his insulin level before treating him of malaria.” He added.


With more complication, laxity and uncertainty in his treatment arising, Nduruchi took him to Bungoma Referral Hospital at around 11PM but found the hospital reception offices closed and security lights switched off.

It’s at this point that his manager took him to Lifecare Hospital close to nine hundred metres away.

At Lifecare, the doctors read cardiac arrest and to spent close to five hours trying to rescusitate him.

When things became complicated, they took him to ICU at around 4.30am today after an agreement between the hospital and the comedian’s elder sister Judith Masinde.

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John Gift was pronounced dead at 10.37AM with the Lifecare medical bill already accumulating to Ksh118,010 by the time of writing this story.

The family is now confused on what really killed their kin within such a short time frame.

When this writer visited the hospital, the late was still in his fateful ICU bed with stains of fresh blood on his bedsheets.

The doctors could not immediately explain the source of the fresh blood as the body did not have any signs of cuts or injuries.

According to his elder brother James Masinde, the family will now rely on an autopsy to reveal what exactly killed their sibling.

The identity of persons who were with him in Bungoma when he was shooting a comedy clip has not been revealed.

His fellow popular comedian “Chofuri” termed the death as unfortunate and a big loss to the theatre industry in Bungoma.

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“I have lost a big friend, partner and role model. It pains me to see him lying lifeless like that,” said the artist who was working on a collabo with John Gift.

Earlier own, there were reports that the artist was among the occupants of the matatu that crashed in Matulo accident killing seven on the spot.

It was just the other week that this blog ran a feature story about John Gift’s comedy career. (See separate story).

Gift was born in Naitiri, North of Bungoma County. He went to St Martin’s Mwibale Secondary School (2010), later joined Teremi High School and then University of Eldoret (2015).

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One thought on “Popular Bukusu Comedian John Gift Passes on as Lingering Questions Surround His Death”

  1. It pains alot. To find a person missing misarably with no clear explanation on what killed our brother.may alla rest his soul in peace and sit on the right hand of alla

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