Kenyans mourn death of Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore

By Fay Ngina | Monday, Jul 1st 2019 at 08:24
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Kenyans on social media are mourning the death of Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore.

Collymore died at the age of 61 on Monday 1 July at his home in Nairobi after a long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He has left behind one wife and four children. 

Safaricom released a statement confirming his death.

“It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing away of Robert (Bob) William Collymore CEO if SAFARICOM. PLC, which occurred at his home in the morning of 1st July 2019,”read part of the statement. 

During an interview in August 2018, Bob Collymore opened up on his journey battling with cancer.

“I went to London and they told me I had acute myeloid leukaemia- a rare kind of blood cancer that is curable. I was diagnosed with cancer. The doctors told me at the time that I had probably had it for about 6 months he revealed,” said Bob Collymore.

‘If I were not CEO at Safaricom, if I worked at the call centre for instance, I would get the same medical access. I have 6 colleagues currently undergoing cancer treatment,” he added. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta also released a statement mourning the death of the Safaricom boss citing that we have ‘lost a distinguished corporate leader whose contribution to our national wellbeing will be missed.’

"It is with deep sadness that I have this morning recieved news of the death of Safaricom CEO Mr Bob Collymore after years of battling cancer. As a country, we've lost a distinguished corporate leader whose contribution to our national wellbeing will be missed, “said President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Rest in Peace big man Bob collymoreJust before you retired ????????Cancer is taking a lot of people ???? — ????zack (@zack__o) July 1, 2019

A sad morning for Kenya may the heavens receive you whole heatedly RIP Bob Collymore. — lenniessparks (@lennasikuku) July 1, 2019

Very sad news of passing of a truely great man,Bob Collymore. — Charles Chege Gitau (@teamchegefresh) July 1, 2019

A true legend he was! He was such transformational & progressive CEO. Safcom is way better than he found it. Rest in Peace Bob Collymore. — John Okeyo (@Revdjohnwilson) July 1, 2019

This Bob Collymore story is so sad. — Catho (@cmuiruri) July 1, 2019

We just started this month on a sad note.Bob Collymore was such a humble corporate leader. — Joe Hapa (@JoeHapa) July 1, 2019

How did Bob Collymore die? What happened!!! ??????? ??????? May he R. I. P

— Miss Gordons ???????? (@MissGordons1) July 1, 2019

#RIPBobCollymore Deepest condolences and strength to the family Bob Collymore ???????????????? — KAIZER OBED (@KaizerObed) July 1, 2019

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore Is dead. Our Thoughts and sympathies are with his family in this painful Morning. #RIPBobCollymore — Sammy Moh ???????? (@Samikenya) July 1, 2019

Rest In Eternal Peace Bob Collymore. Condolences to the family and the greater Safaricom Limited. — Mukhutsi (@MukhutsiKe) July 1, 2019

Rip Bob Collymore you were amaizing soul and we all grateful for always supporting youth Thanks for Safaricom bundles — aki (@uliniona1) July 1, 2019

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