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Dw-Kenya.july 1st, 2019 at exactly 2.am is a day that left many Kenyans heartbroken after the demise of Safaricom mobile company CEO Bob Collymore. Kenyans were awakened with the sad news of the death of Collymore after his battle with cancer. Collymore was born in Guyana but was working in Kenya at the time of his death. The Safaricom Company changed all its logos to grey as a sign of mourning their fallen hero.
Collymore’s fight with cancer
In 2017, Collymore was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia while in London. He had been referred in London from Nairobi Hospital where he had gone to seek treatment. According to his doctors, he had been suffering from this disease for six months by the time they discovered it.
It had started while he was in Morroco when he experienced pain in his bones. After 30 blood tests in Nairobi, the doctor found that a bone barrow test indicated there was a problem with his blood. He was admitted immediately and referred to London, where the diagnosis was declared.
With this condition, it meant that white blood cells were not being produced in his body. His immune system was therefore at risk, and he could not fight infections. Doctors recommended that he should undergo treatment for six months.
“That was the biggest shock. Being diagnosed with cancer for me wasn’t such a big deal. A lot of people think that’s a bit strange. But for me it was, you know, if you got cancer you got cancer. You can’t undo it.” Bob said in an interview last year August.
In the UK, Collymore stayed for nine months before resuming to his duties. During that moment, he spent time reading books and communicating with his staff. In an interview with Jeff Koinange, he said that one of his favourite books during that time was “Everything Happens for a Reason” by Bill Gates.
After his treatment in the UK, Bob has been getting treatment from various hospitals in Kenya like the Agha Khan University Hospital in Nairobi. However, a few weeks ago, he became weak and succumbed to that disease at his home on Mondaymorning.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was one of the first people to send their messages of condolence to his family and friends.
“It is with deep sadness that I have this morning received news of the death of Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore after years of battling cancer. As a country, we’ve lost a distinguished corporate leader whose contribution to our national wellbeing will be missed,” said Uhuru Kenyatta through a Tweeter post.
Cremation of Collymore’s Body
It seems that Collymore was prepared for his death. In an interview last year, he said that he thought about death when he was declared to have cancer. He even thought about how he would have wished his body to be cremated.
On July 2nd, 2019, Collymore’s body was taken from Lee funeral home to Kariokor estate where it was cremated. Only a few friends and relatives were allowed to enter the venue. A memorial service will be held July 3, 2019 at the All Saints Cathedral Church in Nairobi.