Former Youth Fund Boss Bruce Odhiambo is dead

Gone too soon

Former Youth Fund Boss Bruce Odhiambo

Former Youth Enterprise Development Fund board chairman and music producer Bruce Odhiambo is dead.

Odhiambo died on Monday night while undergoing treatment at Nairobi Hospital. It had been reported that Odhiambo had been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at after his blood pressure hit extremely low levels.

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua shared the sad news of the sudden demise of Odhiambo, explaining that in the last three months he was sick but remained strong all through.

"Very sad about the passing of my friend Bruce Odhiambo. In the last three months, he remained strong even as his sick heart failed him. It was sad to watch him suffer. I will cherish the many moments we spent together. We have lost a good man and one of the most creative minds," tweeted Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua.

Flown to India in 2018

In October last year, Odhiambo had been flown to India to replace his pacemaker. This is an electrical device implanted under the skin to help manage irregular heartbeats.

In 2014, President Uhuru Kenyatta picked Odhiambo to chair the Youth Fund's board after revoking the appointment of Mr Evans Semelang’o before the former resigned two years later over graft allegations at the Board.

Being a renowned music producer, Different stakeholders in the music industry have sent in their condolence message to the family and friends of the late Odhiambo.

Talia Oyando

“Uncle Bruce @bruceodh This one is hard... Thank you for absolutely everything and for being there when I needed help and didnt know how to ask. I've got a ton of memories and in all of them your big bright smile. My favourite that one time I was 12 years old i won't forget... you are missed. Thank you. No more pain now Rest Well God is good”

Dennis Itumbi

@bruceodh go well bro. I salute you. You lived well. You leave us Music and lessons. The tunes will play in our hearts for a lifetime and beyond. You were a good man. May God strengthen your family. Salute!”

Gidi Gidi

“Brother B, Super Producer Bruce Odhiambo, I cant believe that you are gone. May your soul Rest in Eternal Peace. Thanks for your contribution to the music industry. Pole sana to friends and family”

Jalang’o

“I dint know that call was the last one...@bruceodh how I wish I came when you called me! Now you are no more my friend! All said and done you fought a good fight! Brother B rest well! RIP! It is well! God above everything!”

Gabu P-Unit

@bruceodh you opened doors for me, took me under ur arms and mentored me .You have been there for me in all my situations .I was young and stupid but u still believed in me .Mpango kibao ulinitolea .Everytime I came to your house you'd make sure I had the best meal na ka drink . You inspired me to become who I am now..."Absolute entertainment ltd".. only a few will get that hahahahaha @noninimgengetrue @iamfrasha @boneyewakiingia late for our meetings hahahah. Nakumbuka #derevamakanga our local series tulianza kufanya,ukanishow unataka @talliaoyando akuwe wife yangu kwa hiyo series hahahahah.Kesho am coming to #campdavid we talk coz i still cnt believe what people are saying . Bruce manze I will miss u ,I love u my dad”

Prezzo

“Just got the sad news & it's hard to come to terms with your demise. You paved way & had everyone's back. Huge blow to the industry. Rest in paradise Bruce Odhiambo till we meet again. #LegendaryBruce #Rip

Jambi Koikai

“Early last year, i walked into Bruce's studio. Sat in his office and told him, I'm tired. Tired of the condition that was eating me up. Tired of the pain i was going through. Tired of the fundraising. Bruce removed a mini bag. It had all his medication. He said to me, " Look at all these pills, but I'm not tired. Njambi i just want you to leave the country and get treated. You can't give up. We keep fighting". Then he called Big Ted @teamd2d and said, could you kindly emcee for my girl Njambi at her fundraiser? Big Ted said yes. Bruce later called various artistes to perform at my fundraisers and they all did come through.

Bruce allowed me to record unreleased material at his studio for free. He saw my pain and offered all he could. Bruce was my friend, he kept telling me to focus on healing, music will always be there. Right after all this, we'd sit at the back of the studio and eat ugali, fish, eggs and mboga. Last we all did this we were joined by Iddi Aziz. Tukakula na tukapiga story. This man really shaped our music industry. Bruce, I'm heartbroken because we were going to celebrate all of us overcoming disease and adversity. I can't believe any of this. I'm so sad. My heart has sank and I'm so sad. Mighty Brucee, Rest in Perfect Peace. God bless your soul forever.”

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