Legendary actor Charles Bukeko, popularly known as Papa Shirandula of the Citizen TV series ‘Papa Shirandula’ has died.
Shirandula passed on Saturday morning at Karen Hospital where he was receiving treatment after a short illness.
Shirandula’s brother-in-law Ronald Wanyama confirmed to the media that the Tv star succumbed to Covid-19.
President Uhuru Kenyatta sent a message of condolence to the family of Papa Shirandula terming him as a ‘a gifted storyteller whose contribution to the development of Kenya’s entertainment sector will be cherished forever.’
President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with the family of popular Kenyan TV comedian Charles Bukeko who passed away earlier today. pic.twitter.com/6j7MGf3Xhy
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) July 18, 2020
In his message of comfort, the Head of State also wished Kenyans God’s fortitude as the country mourns the departed entertainer.
Politicians, celebrities and leaders of all walks also joined Kenyans on social media in mourning the actor who died at the age of 58.
Mombasa mourns the loss of kenya’s renowned creative artist to grace our screens Mr. Charles Bukeko aka Papa Shirandula who passed on this morning at the Karen Hospital. I extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends. May the Almighty rest his soul in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/v8n3acqWiY
— Governor Hassan Joho (@HassanAliJoho) July 18, 2020
A sad day indeed..Charles Bukeko has gone to be with the Lord..my condolences to his family and friends..Rest well Papa
— Churchill (@MwalimChurchill) July 18, 2020
I am saddened to have learnt of the demise of Charles Bukeko a.k.a Papa Shirandula.He was a talented actor and one whom I also enjoyed to watch.A sad loss for our great Nation and the entertainment industry.May the Almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace.Kwaheri Papa! pic.twitter.com/DdnDQqtdQk
— Kalonzo Musyoka (@skmusyoka) July 18, 2020
We are sad to learn about the sudden death of our super fan and member Charles Bukeko
Our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends . Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this trying moment.
Rest In Peace PAPA SHIRANDULA pic.twitter.com/cIZ3tYvGIV
— AFC Leopards SC (@AFCLeopards) July 18, 2020