Kenya mourns death of legendary musician

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Kenyan musician based in Sweden James Gicho, popularly known as St. James, has died.

St. James, who is known for the hit song Smooth Operator, passed away on Wednesday July 13 after he suffered a sudden stroke at his Dunderyd home in Stockholm, Sweden.

News of his death was broken by his older brother, John Gicho who wrote on social media: “Six days to his 48th, James Gicho took his final bow early this morning.”

He continued: “As the Lord’s Prayer states, ‘…Thy will be done…’, and thou we, as man is wont to proposed otherwise, God disposed as He deemed fit!”

James’ last social media post was on July 8 when he wrote on Facebook: “All good, and will expound later. But at the moment, maybe I’ll come across as combative, but… No. No offence directed at any person or entity, just venting. God bless!”

James had undergone a liver transplant earlier in the year.

“Unfortunately on Friday he suffered a sudden stroke, after which he was put on in an induced coma. They brought him out of it on Saturday, by which time his pressure had come down to 165, from a high of 220. He was able to communicate in both English and Swedish, and couldn’t touch his chin when asked to,” John narrated, adding: “Things however took a turn for the worse last night, as he stopped breathing.”

The older brother also revealed James’ last wishes.

“Having been an organ recipient, my brother had expressed a desire to be an organ donor himself.  As a family we’ll respect [his wishes],” he said.

“He’d further stated he’d like to be cremated, which we’ll also respect. So 15 weeks and a day after mum’s demise, Jimmy joins her.”

 

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