John De Mathew
John De Mathew

Kenya lost a legend in John De Mathew due to the impact of the car crash he suffered that caused his ribs to slice open his lungs.

De Mathews suffered other injuries as one of his legs was fractured but his head was not affected by the impact in any way, autopsy results have revealed.


Eye witness, Muendia says that at the time of the accident that took place near Blue Post along Thika road, he was from Bamburi, Athi River heading to Sagana.

ON MY WAY HEADING TO SAGANA, A CAR HIT ME FROM BEHIND, THE CAR BELONGS TO SOMEONE CALLED DE MATHEW. GOOD SAMARITANS CAME AND REMOVED HIM FROM THE WRECKAGE AND RUSHED HIM TO HOSPITAL. I STAYED BEHIND WAITING FOR THE TRAFFIC POLICe

Before his sudden death, he had urged the media to play more of local music when the artistes are still alive instead of focusing on their songs after their demise.

His excellency is a witness that we fight a lot so that they can sit on those political seats. After that people say, De Mathew, Wa Esther and other artistes were fighting for the country because they love it. The government is not entirely to blame, the media is to blame also.

We are not happy that as media houses you announce so much about a person when they are dead and really play his/her songs. Yet when one is alive the songs don’t get enough airplay.

De Mathew went on to advise Kenyans to appreciate a person when they are alive rather than wait for them to die. In that mood, he even mentioned the one fear he has a very famous artiste.

I fear the day my daughter Shiku will ask me ‘How come you never have money yet you walk with governor Mwangi Wa Iria and Uhuru Kenyatta.’

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In a nutshell, his last wish was for media to try as much as possible to promote local music and musicians when they are still alive so that they can earn from the fame when they still alive and not when they are dead.

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