K24 TV Journalist Commits Suicide

  • Friends and family of the late K24 Correspondent George Kori carrying his coffin as he was laid to rest on Thursday May 27, 2020, at his family home in Molo, Nakuru County.
    Friends and family of the late K24 Correspondent George Kori carrying his coffin as he was laid to rest on Thursday, May 27, 2020, at his family home in Molo, Nakuru County.
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  • UPDATE: K24 TV's George Kori correspondent was on Wednesday afternoon, May 27 laid to rest at his parent's home at Gatura Village in Molo, Nakuru County.

    Kori's friends and colleagues trooped to his family home to bid their final farewell whose body was found on Sunday evening, May 24, after he committed suicide.

    Mediamax Limited CEO Ken Ngaruiya, had issued a statement condoling with Kori's family on the day his body was found.

    "Today, our hearts are heavy as we lose a valuable team member and hardworking journalist and as an organisation, we wish to reiterate our support for his family and friends as they embark on funeral arrangements," the eulogy reads in part.


    K24 Journalist George Kori. He took his own life on May 24, 2020.
    K24 Journalist George Kori. He took his own life on May 24, 2020.
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    The body of the K24 TV journalist based in Molo, Nakuru County, was discovered dangling from a tree near his family's Elburgon home on Sunday, May 24.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, a fellow journalist based in the area revealed that Kori was reported missing on Tuesday, May 19.

    "He went missing on Tuesday only to be found today dangling from a tree near his family home in Elburgon."

    It was further revealed that the journalist had been undergoing a torrid time in his family set up and described as having been battling with depression.

    Like many individuals facing depression, he turned to alcoholism to mask his sorrow, which eventually led to his untimely death, allegedly via his own hands.

    "Actually, his mother had gone to report of his missing son when she heard that a body of a middle-aged man had been found somewhere. She accompanied the police only to find it was her missing son," the correspondent detailed.

    According to the correspondent, Kori hadn't submitted any story to his media house over the last month leading up to his death.

    However, this did not raise any alarms as his Molo station was not known to be a major hub for news that needed to be submitted on a daily basis.

    On May 21, Mediamax Limited, the company which owns K24 TV, Milele FM, and both Kameme FM & TV announced the reorganisation of its staff structures in a move that may see a number of employees lose their jobs at the media house.

    This was the second time the company announced a major restructure in under seven months after over 160 employees were fired back in October 2019.