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VIDEO: Shock as Susan Njeri Thomi Kariuki, a Kenyan media entrepreneur in US, dies after short illness

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VIDEO: Shock as Susan Njeri Thomi Kariuki, a Kenyan media entrepreneur in US, dies after short illness

VIDEO: Shock as Susan Njeri Thomi Kariuki, a  Kenyan media entrepreneur in US,  dies after short illness
August 25
17:32 2017

BY BMJ MURIITHI

US-based Kenyan media personality and entrepreneur, Susan Njeri Thomi Kariuki, has passed away. According to family sources, Ms Kariuki died at  Texas Presbyterian hospital in Plano, where she had been rushed after a short illness.

Sources told Kenya Satellite News (KSN) that she passed away while receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Ms Kariuki, the President and CEO of Karisan Media, became ill suddenly on Thursday and was rushed to the hospital. Speaking to KSN on Friday, Mr Henry Pasha, the co-owner of Karisan Media company and a close friend to Njeri, said that he was still in shock after learning of the demise.

“I am in Alabama but I am taking the first flight out to Texas. I am confused…but I can confirm to you that indeed, Njeri is no more,” he said in a phone interview with this reporter.

Njeri’s mother, who is visiting the US, was informed of the death and, on Friday night, was on her way to Texas from New Jersey, where she was being hosted since she arrived from Kenya.

“It is extremely devastating for her as she had not met her daughter since she arrived in the US,” said a family source.

By the time of going to press, the actual cause of death had not been made public.

News of Njeri’s passing caught many by surprise as she was not known to have any medical issues prior to Thursday.

Pasha had earlier written the following on Facebook: “I have received very bad news, my mentor, friend confidant..an icon to diaspora has passed away…I am the only Kenyan who knows where she lives…I am very far away,I don’t know where to start because I was the only one she had..and I was not there to see her off…I cannot even know why,because I am far…”

Another friend, Monica Macharia, wrote the following on Facebook: She was at my house Sunday! We agreed I call her leo after work so we can host a radio show tomorrow! Am shocked! Pole sana Pasha, may her soul Rest In Peace.

Essy W Harry said the following in this lengthy post: “Am lost for words, Njeri Thomi Kariuki I cannot believe you are gone. I ask myself how, why……..We forged our friendships here on Facebook back in the day when active on diaspora matters and radio, some of us gave up, but you never did, I admired your tenacity and passion for what you believed in.”

Mukurima Muriuki wrote: “Devastated to learn about the passing on of Njeri Thomi Kariuki. I doubt there is anyone in the Diaspora who did not know about Njeri, for her contribution to Diaspora affairs went beyond the ordinary call of duty. Njeri never hesitated to speak her mind even when her position was the least favored.

May the Lord rest her soul in eternal peace.”

Here is a message from Njeri’s Mother and family…

Following the sudden death Susan Njeri Kariuki, her mum, family and friends invite you to join them tomorrow Sat August 26th at David and Grace (Her cousin) home at 409 Vista Noche Drive, Lewisville TX 75067 from 7pm. This will be  the first meeting to formulate a send off committee. Susan knew no boundaries, she has lived amongst us with joy, her voice will live in memories for long.

For further information please contact the following
Grace Waigwa  2147266839
David Gachie.   4109004527
Betty Ellis.         8326466491
Alex Karundu.   4694388388
Grace Chege.    2146169894

More details to follow.

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