Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party Leader Raila Odinga has led Kenyans in mourning the Late musician Lady Maureen, who died at her relative’s home in Uriri, Migori County on Saturday morning (July 11).
Lady Maureen, whose real name is Maureen Achieng, succumbed
after a long illness at 3:30am, her family says.
Her cousin, Bella Achieng, whom the Ohangla singer was
living with at the time of her death, confirmed the sad news.
Lady Maureen has died aged 36.
“My condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of
Lady Maureen. Achieng’ was immensely talented and very dynamic; always adapting
to new trends in a very competitive music industry. May she Rest In Eternal
Peace,” said Raila Odinga on Twitter at 8:20am Saturday.
The hash tag #RIPLadyMaureen shot to the top-most trending
position on Twitter in Kenya early Saturday after online users took to the micro-blogging
site to mourn the departed chartbuster.
On June 23 this year, Lady Maureen’s mother, Margaret Akinyi
Onyango, had to come out to clarify false reports about her daughter’s death at
Ms Onyango said her daughter, who had been ailing for
months, was receiving treatment at a Tanzanian hospital.
A Kenyan blog had inaccurately reported that Lady Maureen
died in the wee hours of June 23.
Ms Onyango said the artiste’s vocalist known as Maureen Nyar
Awendo was the one who died early June 23, and not her daughter.
“Maureen Nyar Awendo was receiving treatment at the hospital
where my child is admitted. She (the deceased) was a member of my daughter’s
band. May her soul rest in peace,” said Ms Onyango.
In January this year, Lady Maureen gave an update on her
health condition, allaying fears — at the time — that she was in critical
Lady Maureen was — at the time — admitted at Pastor Machage
Memorial Hospital in Migori County.
She said she was diagnosed with a severe stomach infection,
and had been in hospital since January 23.
“I am ailing, but not dead. I was told that I would, most
likely, be discharged from hospital in the next five days,” Lady Maureen told
K24 Digital on January 30.
“I have heard a section of people reporting that I am dead.
It hurts me to learn that there are people who wish I was dead. Nonetheless,
what I am sure about is that I will walk out of this hospital in good health,”
she added. The musician said due to her hospitalisation, her four children bore
the brunt of her absence.
“I have been forced to beg so that my children can eat,” she
said, adding: “Begging is a relatively new phenomenon to me; so, I am finding a
lot of difficulty in doing so.”
The 36-year-old said after being discharged from hospital,
she was going to produce a gospel song.
Lady Maureen’s mother, Margaret Akinyi Onyango, — at the
time — told K24 Digital that it broke her heart to see her daughter in poor
health, but she [Akinyi] was optimistic that Lady Maureen will emerge
triumphant in her battle against disease.
The charge nurse at Pastor Machage Memorial Hospital, Alfred
Otieno, told K24 Digital then that Lady Maureen had received two pints of
blood, and was responding well to treatment.
Following her discharge from the Migori hospital, Lady
Maureen was taken ill again, leading to her admission to the Tanzanian health
facility, where she was treated and discharged a few weeks ago.
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