Kenyan Legendary Athletes Whose Deaths Still Remain A Mystery
Celebrated Kenyan athletes have died in the last few years under circumstances that have left more queries than answers.
While some of the demises have been elucidated, others are still unsolved.
Timesdigital.co.ke looks at 3 talented Kenyan athletes who died under unclear circumstances.
Kenya athletes that died mysteriously
Ian Mutuku was only 19 years old when he mysteriously collapsed and died at a hospital in Machakos in 2016.
It was apprised that the 2014 Africa Youth Games silver medalist had surges all over his body before and his ailment exacerbated.
According to his trainer Philip Muia, Mutuku took himself into Machakos Level 5 Hospital.
Mutuku was considered as the future lap-race prospect.
Tirop excelled in both the junior and senior divisions, taking home bronze in the 5,000 metres at the global championships in 2012 and 2014 and the global Cross Country title in 2015.
On October 13, 2021, Tirop was found dead inside her home. Investigators said she suffered many stab wounds to her body.
She died as a consequence of injuries to her neck, according to an autopsy performed by the Iten County Referral Hospital (ICRH). Moreover, a blunt object struck her in the head.
In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, Samuel Wanjiru made history by becoming the first Kenyan to win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon in record time.
Wanjiru raised Kenya’s flag high and made millions when he won the Chicago and London marathons in October 2009.
The occurrences encircling his demise remains a mystery after the lead detective told an inquest that authorities have not affirmed the exact cause of his death.
Chief Superintendent Jacob Kaberi Kanake asserted that sleuths experienced inconsistencies of how Wanjiru passed away in May 2011 at his place in Nyahururu since no one witnessed him tumble from the terrace of his cottage.