The family of the late Gengetone music producer and artist Byron Papi, known by his real name Byron Kivisi, has revealed the tragic cause of his unexpected passing.
Family reveals how 'Sipangwingwi' producer died, announces burial date
Before his unfortunate demise, Byron was set to release a new single on September 22
According to Leonard Aluda Muhali, a close family member, Byron Kivisi, a multi-talented creative force behind some of Kenya's most prominent music hits, such as 'Sipangwingwi' and 'Usherati,' suffered a fatal arterial rupture.
His sudden demise has sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment space, leaving his family, the entire music industry, and his fans in grief.
"Byron Kivisi, the beloved son of Evans Muhali, tragically suffered an arterial rupture yesterday morning. We pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace," Aluda said.
Byron Kivisi was celebrated for his exceptional talent in producing chart-topping songs that became iconic in the Kenyan music landscape.
Some of Byron Kivisi's most noteworthy contributions to the music industry not only topped the charts but also transcended into the political arena.
'Sipangwingwi' was even embraced by President Ruto during his 2022 presidential campaign, illustrating the widespread popularity of Byron's music.
The family has announced that Byron Kivisi's body has been taken to Kenyatta University Morgue and his final resting place will be in Maragoli Bugina village, Vihiga county. The burial ceremony is scheduled for October 7.
Byron Kivisi's legacy will endure through his unforgettable songs, which have become an integral part of Kenyan popular culture.
He collaborated with some of the most prominent rappers in the country, including Trio Mio, Mejja, X-Ray, and Ssaru.
Trio Mio mourned the producer as a great man with whom they did great things.
"Aaaaiii Paapiii! We made magic together! Still can't believe it my G 💔 Rest easy king 🙏 Your work lives on!!" Trio Mio wrote.
Before his demise, Byron had a number of releases in the pipeline among them his single 'Dead Body' which was to drop on September 22.
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