A web article by 254 Breaking News alleging that renowned musician Kennedy Ombima alias King Kaka spoke on his death are false.
The article titled “I am going to die” King Kaka bids goodbye to Kenyans as medics report indicate he has one month to live” claimed that the rapper openly revealed to have been told by a specialist doctor that he will die anytime soon.A screengrab of the 254 Breaking News article dated Wednesday, October 13, 2021File
Published on Wednesday, October 13, the author further alleged that King Kaka tweeted that he received shocking news from his personal doctor, who revealed to him that he remains with only one month to live.
“According to King Kaka, his doctor told him that he has severe throat cancer type 2 complications which cannot be treated at the moment. In an emotional post seen by our media team, King Kaka announced that he might take his last breath anytime soon as the fast-spreading cancer has become resistant to drugs.
“He also revealed how he has been spending most of his time being attended to by doctors, who have since foreseen the worst to happen. He however called upon on Kenyans to make the right decision concerning lifestyle to help in curbing the disease,” the website claimed.
The article by 254 Breaking News was shared on Facebook here, with the user claiming that “WE ARE always grateful for good health.”The Facebook post dated Wednesday, October 13, 2021File
The claim was also posted on a Facebook Group - Lambwe Young Generations (LYG) by a user who quoted an article by a website dubbed LKPHNX.NET.
“As we actively campaign for our perceived prospective political candidates, please let’s eat healthily. CANCER KILLS!” The Facebook user allegedThe Facebook post on Lambwe Young Generations (LYG) dated Wednesday, October 13, 2021File
King Kaka refuted this claim and issued a statement on his social media pages calling on his followers to flag and report the pages for sharing fake news.
“Why would bloggers spread lies. Ni nini huwa mbaya na hao (What’s their problem?). We should report this page.”King Kaka's post dated Wednesday, October 13, 2021. The rapper issued a statement on fake reports of his death.File
The false claims surfaced at a time when the rapper has been battling with a misdiagnosis that led to a serious bodily reaction. The musician’s health deteriorated and he was admitted to a hospital.
“I was in between worlds, fighting to see my family once more. I would force my last smile when Nana and Moms visited, but truth is, the nights got darker and I would be back in the ring with life,” the rapper stated through a song he released titled - Manifest', featuring Nviiri the Storyteller.
“What you guys never got to see. I will never stop thanking God for taking us out of the lions’ den. I had never seen such darkness in a while. Every day I thought I had seen the worst, I saw the ‘worst’ the next day... I watched my husband constantly knock on death’s door but still wore God’s amour… Maybe he was knocking the door so he could knock the devil off,” his wife Nana Owiti further stated in a post on her Instagram page.Nana Owiti, King Kaka's, wife's post dated October 12, 2021
Claims that King Kaka spoke on his death and that doctors told him he has one month to live are thus false and alarming and affect him, his family, friends and fans.
This fact-check was produced by Kenyans.co.ke's John Mbati in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.