Former Nation FM presenter Lorna Irungu will be laid to rest today in a private family function a day after her passing.
Her burial falls in line with the Ministry of Health regulations that direct all burial ceremonies to be held within 72 hours.
Irungu,44, who was the Gina Din Group Managing Director, succumbed to Covid-19 on March 22 at the Karen Hospital.
“The Macharia Family are sad to announce the passing of Lorna Irungu Macharia on 22nd March 2021,” read the family’s statement.
“Lorna was the loving wife to Edwin Macharia and mother to Nancy Mumbi. She passed on at the Karen Hospital while undergoing treatment for Covid-19.
Lorna Irungu Macharia was a great human being. She become a household name in the 90s as a host of the Omo Pick a Box show. Her life story has been a great inspiration to many through the years. Pole sana to the Macharia family, may the good Lord comfort you. pic.twitter.com/JUmHutIp2k
— Kenyan Facts 🇰🇪 (@KResearcher) March 22, 2021
“Lorna’s interment will be on 23rd March 2021 in a private family function. The family knows that Lorna is deeply loved by many and asks for continued prayers and request for privacy during this difficult time but also informs that a public virtual celebration of her life will be organized and details be communicated shortly. We loved you Lorna but the Lord loved you more” reads the Family statement.
Her death comes barely hours after she mourned Robin Njogu, another journalist who also died of Covid-19 last week.
“This is heartbreaking. We worked together at Nation and he was always such a stand-up guy. Always ready to help out. RIP my friend,” she wrote.
The media personality had lupus, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks healthy tissue, since her early twenties.
The disease normally attacks your kidneys. In 1997, she had kidney failure which resulted in a transplant in 1998. She ended up having three kidney transplants within 15 years, the last one being in 2008.
Watch her journey in the video below: