President Uhuru Kenyatta has led Kenyans in mourning former youth fund boss Bruce Odhiambo, who died early Tuesday.
Mr Odhiambo succumbed to a heart-related problem at Nairobi Hospital.
Taking to Twitter, President Kenyatta said: “I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of my friend Bruce Odhiambo, following his death. Bruce shared his God given talents through philanthropy and many benefitted from his generosity. May God give his family the strength to bear this loss.”
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua said: “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.”
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja said: “Pole to the family of Bruce Odhiambo and the entire Music industry on the loss of a pioneer, a giant in the art, a mentor and big brother to many of us. Rest well B.O.”
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino said: “May your soul rest in power Bruce Odhiambo. Such a genuine friend gone too soon.”
Media personality Ciru Muriuki said: “I have nothing but good memories of Bruce Odhiambo. His hospitality. That Friday biryani. Singing random things in his studio. His humour. Rest well Uncle Bruce. You will be missed.”
Media personality Carol Radull said: “You were front and centre when we created @RadioJamboKenya in 2008. I’ll remember you for your contribution to Kenya’s music industry. Rest in peace Bruce Odhiambo.”
Music group Sauti Sol said: “RIP Bruce Odhiambo. Your immense contribution to the industry laid the foundation for many artists. You were not only a mentor but a dad to us all. May you rest with the angels.”
Genge musician Juacali said: “Truly truly a sad day for the music industry. Just learnt of the passing of a dear friend and a mentor in the music industry The mighty Bruce Odhiambo R.I.P mtu wangu… Forever in our hearts.”