TV star Charles Bukeko aka Papa Shirandula is dead.
Bukeko died on Saturday morning at The Karen Hospital aged 58.
He leaves behind a wife, Beatrice Ebbie Andega, and three children; Tony, Charlie and Wendy.
A number of thespians who worked with him eulogized the deceased as a charismatic person who remained grounded throughout his career.
Former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka also sent his condolences to the family, describing Papa as a talented actor who was a joy to watch.
“I am saddened to have learned of the demise of Charles Bukeko a.k.a Papa Shirandula. He was a talented actor and one whom I also enjoyed to watch.
“A sad loss for our great nation and the entertainment industry.May the Almighty God rest his soul on eternal peace...kwaheri Papa!” he wrote.
KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua also heaped praises on Bukeko, lauding his contribution to the entertainment industry.
“Rest in peace Charles Bukeko alias Papa Shirandula. You were a self-made man who epitomised the joy and optimism of Kenyans.
“You made a huge contribution to the entertainment industry in Kenya. We will miss you. May God give peace, comfort and strength to your family and fans,” he tweeted.