In a heart-wrenching revelation on his official Instagram page, Kenyan comedian Mannerson Oduor Ochieng, popularly known as Akuku Danger, shared the devastating news of his younger sister’s passing.
The comedian disclosed that, like him, his sister was born with Sickle Cell disease, and she tragically succumbed to the deadly condition on Saturday night.
“Woke up to the saddest news😭😭 my small siz went to be with the Lord last night. Like me, she was born with sickle cell disease and she succumbed to it. Rest well warrior, Nind gi kwe Merwa🕊️😭,” Akuku Danger wrote in his heartfelt Instagram post.
The comedian’s recent past has been marked by struggles with sickle cell disease, with frequent visits to the hospital for medical attention. In a candid interview, he openly discussed his battle with sickle cell anaemia, which affected some of his body organs.
Last year, Akuku Danger faced a challenging period when his health deteriorated, leading to hospitalization.
Troubled by breathing difficulties, he sought medical attention at Nairobi West Hospital, where he was diagnosed with collapsed lungs and pneumonia.
“I know my body and since I have had sickle cell anaemia since birth, I know when something is wrong. When I took myself to the hospital, I had breathing difficulties,” he revealed during the interview.
The severity of his condition led to his unconsciousness for four days while being treated in the ICU.
During his trying time, the comedian received immense support from friends, fans, and family, who united to organize fundraisers to cover the significant medical expenses incurred during his hospitalization.
The outpouring of love and support exemplified the solidarity and care of his community.
Sickle cell anaemia is a genetic disorder that affects red blood cells, leading to a scarcity of healthy ones capable of efficiently transporting oxygen throughout the body. It is a condition that demands lifelong management and care.
As the Kenyan entertainment industry mourns the loss of Akuku Danger’s beloved sister, her passing serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by individuals battling sickle cell disease.
May her memory inspire further awareness and compassion for those affected by this condition, and may Akuku Danger find strength and support during this time of grief.