Kenyan Super Star Comedian, Papa Shirandula Passes On

Rest well papa

By  | Jul 20, 2020, 07:07 AM  | Papa Shirandula  | Drama

TV actor and comedian Charles Bukeko popularly knows as "Papa Shirandula" has passed on in Nairobi. His brother-in-law Rowland Wanyama, told ‘The Star’ that the actor collapsed at the Karen Hospital's parking after developing breathing complications.

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Rowland said Bukeko was not feeling well after returning to Nairobi on Sunday last week prompting him to go for a checkup the next day before returning home. He did not show any signs of illness until Saturday morning when he started having breathing complications.

“Papa had travelled from Nairobi. On Sunday he started feeling unwell after returning to Nairobi, so he went for checkups in Karen hospital on Monday.He tested positive of corona and agreed with the doctors that he returns home to have home-based care until over the weekend when he developed breathing complications.” According to the report made by his brother.

Following his death, Royal Media Services sent a message of condolences to Bukeko's family through MD Wachira Waruru. Waruru said he received the news of his passing with shock and disbelief.

"Bukeko, who was known to many simply as Papa Shirandula, was a towering thespian who was loved in every corner of the country. He endeared himself to TV audiences with his natural sense of humour and effortless depiction of typical Kenyan lifestyles." 
Bukeko rose to fame when he was cast to play the role of Papa Shirandula in the popular TV series Papa Shirandula which aired on Citizen TV. It is this show that made him a household name in Kenya. Since then, he has appeared in several other TV shows such as The Captain of Nakara (2012). He has also appeared in numerous big-time commercials across the world including Coca Cola and GoTV.

He is survived by a wife and three children. Two boys and one girl. The eldest is aged 14 years.

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