Billionaire industrialist Chris Kirubi is dead

Chris Kirubi
Chris Kirubi. [Photo: Courtesy]

Industrialist Chris Kirubi is dead.

News of his death broke on Monday afternoon, six hours after his last tweet.

On Monday morning, the tycoon tweeted: Top of the morning to you, my dear friend. It doesn’t have to be a tiring Monday. Instead, I bring to you good tidings of favour, success, achievements and happiness in the new week. Give yourself a go towards your success plan. Enjoy today and the rest of your week.”

He died at the age of 80. He has battled with illness for a long time.

Since 2016, he has been battling cancer.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Christopher J. Kirubi, who passed away today at 1pm at his home after a long battle with cancer fought with fortitude, grace and courage,” announced Capital FM, which he owned, quoting his family.

Kirubi had invested massively in media, finance, agriculture and real estate. He was the largest shareholder of Centum.

President Uhuru Kenyatta led in paying tribute to the late Kirubi describing him as a patriot who touched the lives of many.

“I have received the shocking news of the passing away of my friend Chris Kirubi with a lot of sadness. The cruel hand of death has robbed our nation of a patriot whose entrepreneurial spirit, hard work and determination saw him create some of our country’s largest enterprises which offer employment to thousands of our people,” the President eulogized.