Celebrated singer and philanthropist Eric Okoth Onguru, better known as Kunguru, died on March 19, 2023, at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital, where he had been admitted for several weeks.
His family held a requiem mass at the Montezuma and Monalisa Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 29 ahead of his burial on Saturday, April 1, 2023, in Kogelo village, Alego Usonga Constituency, Siaya County.
During the requiem mass in Nairobi, Kunguru’s widow Wilkister Oluoch eulogized her late husband as the best man she had ever been with.
“I don’t have much to say. Let Erick rest in peace,” the widow said.
Cause of death
Kunguru’s cause of death was revealed during his requiem mass. The cause of death for the singer had not been publicly revealed until his requiem mass.
Kunguru’s sister, Irene Onguru, revealed what caused her brother's death as she shared her fondest memories of her brother, whom she accompanied to several hospitals as he battled liver complications.
Irene said she noticed that her brother was ailing when his skin colour suddenly turned pale last Christmas.
“I asked him, 'what is wrong Eric?' I just left the other day, and you were okay, what has happened? He didn’t look at me, but he told me, ‘Irene, I’m dying’. I thought it was a joke, but he repeated it three times. I thought Eric was joking,” Irene said.
This led to the late singer's journey in and out of hospitals to treat his liver complications.