Nairobi, Kenya: Kenyan actor Benson Wanjau alias Mzee Ojwang died Sunday evening at the Kenyatta National Hospital where he had been admitted.
Mzee Ojwang is said to have been suffering from Pneumonia.
The actor who has played key roles in local programmes Vitimbi, Vioja Mahakami, Vituko and Kinyonga among others had disappeared from Television screens for a long time, leaving his fans questioning his whereabout.
Kenyans on social media immediately took to twitter with outpouring condolence messages to the late comedian, whom many recognized from childhood:
@Kevin_teya: Mzee Ojwang has passed on. Sleep well mzee, you made us laugh tangu utotoni.
@ogaobinna: Mzee ojwang hatari is dead. He succumbed to what is said to be pneumonia today 8pm at the Kenyatta national hospital where he had been rushed earlier.
@Barasapaul: RIP #MzeeOjwang . Thank you for 'putting some color' on the iconic GreatWall black and white TV where I saw you.
@jameskarimi_: Sunset it is for one Mzee Ojwang. RIP great actor and pioneer of local programming in Kenya. #RIPOjwang.