John de Matthew met his untimely demise in a grisly, tragic accident around the Blue Post area in Thika. he had been returning from a harambee (fundraising event) he had attended for a fellow musician, Peter Kigia.

Kenyans and celebrities have all taken to social media to share their messages of condolences to his family aswell as mourning the famous Kikuyu folk musician. Below are some such message from the people whose lives his music had touched:

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R.i.p

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A road accident has taken the life of the best musician of our time,John De’Mathhew.
Rest in Peace.RIP

And to you my people May God Almighty Always Protect You and your Families wherever you are.. Hatujui siku yetu ni lini. Sisi sote na urembo wetu, utajiri ama umaskini wetu, power yetu, drama zetu etc. ni maiti watarajiwa or maiti in waiting coz we must one day die.

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