Veteran Broadcaster Badi Muhsin passed on Friday afternoon in Mombasa County where he was on official duty.
His brother Hafidh Muhsin says they took lunch together with the renowned broadcaster Friday afternoon and while he never complained of any pain, Badi retired to his room and never woke up.
He had travelled to Mombasa to interview Alice Tabu for ‘Dira ya Magwiji’ the Swahili news segment he hosts on weekends.
Hafidh says they were in constant communication and he was to travel to Makindu on Saturday for some celebrations before returning to Nairobi.
News of his demise have shaken his colleagues at the National Broadcaster with Managing Director Dr. Naim Bilal leading in condoling the family saying he has learnt with shock and disbelief.
He described Badi as a disciplined and dedicated news anchor who loved and enjoyed his work.
The Chair of the Association of Professional Broadcasters Tabitha Mutemi described Badi as a passionate broadcaster and a true legend loved by everyone who interacted with him.
A veteran journalist who worked with Badi at the then Voice of Kenya (VoK) Paul Mutua expressed his shock at the untimely death of his old friend and colleague.
“I worked and interacted with him at the then VOK’s (BH) at the Sports Desk and the Newsroom’s Current Affairs programme, ‘Yale yaliyotufikia’. I can attest he was an inspiring mentor. I knew him in my early childhood when he worked at Juhudi Studios in Kitui town after he left Kalawa Secondary School. May his soul rest in peace.”
Journalists were not left out either, some taking to social media to celebrate a media icon whose work traverses generations.
Badi’s death comes four months after making a comeback for his second stint at KBC.
His remains will be transported to Nairobi overnight ahead of the Burial at Kariokor on Saturday.
He leaves behind his wife and 2 children.