Kenyans woke up to a dark Monday morning following news that veteran actor Derek Amunga, best known as ‘Master Sugu’ on KBC’s drama Tausi, had died. Derek had been missing for over one week.
His family has now released burial plans for the actor. This post was published on Derek’s Facebook page.
The news of the death of veteran actor Derrick Amunga came as a low blow to many of his Family, friends and fans after he had been reported missing for slightly over a week. In a meeting held at Kenya National Theatre on 3rd August 2014, the day the news broke out that Derrick has finally been found lifeless at Kenyatta National Hospital; more insight was given into the mystery of his passing.
Shem Odhiambo Agunga, a close friend narrated the story of how Derrick left home on Friday of 25th July afternoon to go run some errands. He returned home in the evening and left again to go out as what many of us do on a weekend. Little did they know that was the last time they would be setting eyes on Amunga. Concern was raised 4 days later when Derrick did not return home and none of his friends or close colleagues and confidants had seen or heard of him from that Friday.
A police report claims that a Good Samaritan called the police on 26th July in the am after he was found bleeding and injured in a ditch a few meters from home. He did not have any identification on him or his phone. He was rushed to Kenyatta National hospital Intensive Care Unit where he later passed away on the 28th of July due to severe injuries. It is not concluded how he succumbed the injuries and a postmortem is yet to be carried out.
His father described him as a man of the people while fellow actor Veronica Waceke remembers having a brother, mentor and friend who was ready to provide a helping hand to anyone in need.
An artist’s committee lead by Festival of Creative Arts (FCA Kenya) director Eliud Abuto has been formed to organize and plan for a befitting burial which will take place on the 16th of August 2014 at his rural home in Kakamega.
There will be a fundraising on Wednesday 6th of August 2014 at Kenya National Theatre at 6pm and another one on Sunday the 10th of August from 2pm and you are hereby all invited and welcome to come assist a son, a brother, a friend get a comfortable resting place.
You can make contributions to the treasurer of the burial committee via mpesa to 0725 944 621.
From playing the role of master Sugu in the TV drama Tausi to many other numerous characters on stage with the FCA family, Derrick Amunga will surely be remembered as one of the greatest thespians modern day theatre has witnessed.
Derrick dies at the age of 42years.