Popular Kikuyu musician John de Mathew has passed in a road accident at Blue Post along Thika Road.
The musician died in a road crash after the car he was driving rammed into a lorry near Blue Post Hotel Sunday night.
While confirming the accident Thika Base Commander Elenah Wamuyu said De Mathew was alone in the car.
Gatanga MP Ngugi Nduati said the musician was headed home from a fundraiser held at Metro Bar in support of fellow musician Peter Kigia.
He was pronounced dead on arrival at Thika Nursing Home.
Until his demise, he was the chairperson of the newly-launched Tamco Sacco that aims to uplift the welfare of musicians.
With over 50 albums to his name, De’Mathew is arguably the most influential artist from Central Kenya judging by his huge and wide fan base and also by the great airplay his songs enjoy on local radio stations.
Among De’Mathew’s hits that have enjoyed massive airplay include Property, Ni Wathire Ukindiga, Mene Mene Tekel and Njata Yakwa in which he featured Murang’a County Women Representative Sabina Wanjiru Chege.
De’Mathew hailed from Gatanga in Murang’a County.
His fans took to social media platforms to mourn him by playing his popular hits.
— Arnold (@arnoldi254) August 19, 2019
Once in a while death knocks and takes away those we think should stay longer than the rest of us. I will always remember that hit song, "My dear Nduku" – Go well bro, your voice will always be a @YouTube click away – My full tribute… https://t.co/219US2db39#RIPJohnDeMathew
— Dennis Itumbi, HSC (@OleItumbi) August 19, 2019
— Andy (@AndyUtd_) August 18, 2019