Contrary to speculation by a section of the public, John DeMathew was not under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his car into a lorry on Sunday night.
The celebrated Kikuyu benga musician died from internal injuries, an autopsy report has revealed.
The family of the veteran singer also announced that he will be laid to rest on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at his home in Gathiruini village, Murang’a County. This will be preceded by a funeral service at Githambia Primary School.
Meetings for burial arrangements are being held at the Blue Spring Hotel in Nairobi and Metro Fill Hotel in Thika.
De’Mathew’s family also said it recognizes his two wives – Sabina Wairimu and Carolyne Waithira, adding that there would be no family disputes in the burial process.
The family said John DeMathew was a proud polygamous who dutifully took care of his family.
The musician’s younger brother, Evans Mburu, said the family had talked to the two wives, assuring the musician’s fans that there would be no conflict.
“We recognise the two wives, Mama Shiku (Wairimu) and Waithera. His two wives are known and we have talked to them. Everyone knows that he has two wives and they will not fight,” Mburu said.
An obituary announcement lists Sabina and Carolyne as the spouses, as well as seven children.
The children are Jane Waithira, Everlyne Wanjiku, Chris Kamau, Stecy Wanjiku, Lenny Ng’ang’a, Tyress Thiru, and Wyne Mathew Nganga Junior.