Veteran rapper Chris Kantai passed away Wednesday morning while undergoing treatment at St. Francis Hospital.
According to the family representative, Ms. Wanjiku Thuku the deceased had been admitted at the hospital since Monday and succumbed to breathing complications.
“I am in touch with his family, including his wife and mother, to arrange his funeral. We will give you more details as they come,” said Ms. Thuku.
The 42-year-old rapper famous for his hits Kantada, Jinga Hii, Nare, Ting Badi Malo and Quest among others is survived by one child.
Khaligraph Jones was among many other Kenyans who expressed their grief and condolences to the fallen rapper. Khaligraph however called on the media to celebrate artists while they are still alive.
“Lets Stop waiting for our pioneers to die so that we can talk about how they are legends and inspired us while they were alive, I know some Artists who paved the way for us who are undergoing through depression right now, Lets help them now, Rest in Peace Kantai.” read a post on his Instagram.
Kantai was the best rapper in Kenya after the late E-Sir. What a legend we have lost. RIP Kantai.
— L E G E N D (@steveshakur) February 27, 2019
Saddened by the death Kantai aka Chris to the “Kenteda”.. A true legend of the game in hiphop culture in Kenya. Gave us classics and introduced the lady we now know as STL to the game. RIP
— Ezra aka ‘Cool Breeze’ (@EZRAwaCHELSKI) February 27, 2019
Kantai has passed away. He is credited for introducing STL in the game with the Happy collabo. R.I.P, Till we rhyme again. pic.twitter.com/VfMRlA8KtF
— Kapuka Facts™ (@KapukaFacts) February 27, 2019
We lost a legend of the hip hop industry in Kenya. Sad we couldnt see a return with bangers. RIP Kantai
— Duke of Mathira 🇰🇪 (@iKaeyM) February 27, 2019