Internationally acclaimed Kenyan-born actor, Owiso Odera, who was best known for his role as Papa Tunde in the CW series The Americans, collapsed and died while he was performing.
According to numerous reports, Owiso who was living in Santa Monica, California, had been performing on stage in Kentucky when he suddenly collapsed. All efforts to revive him were not fruitful as he was pronounced dead just a few minutes later.
The sudden death of the 43-year-old on Friday, November 4, still baffles everyone, including the deceased family. Mr Odera, whose biggest showing was in popular American series The Originals, had spent the last week acting on location in Washington DC in a new film Measure Plus Dido.
While speaking to The Standard on Sunday about the sad incident, Odera’s brother, Peter Oruko, said the family was yet to come to terms with the sudden demise of their brother.
“We are devastated by his demise. It is like a bad dream. I haven’t come to terms with the news of his death. This is unbearable,” said his youngest brother Peter Oruko.
A distressed Oruko described his brother as a warm person who was in constant touch with the family, adding that “the last time we spoke he insisted that I join him down in Santa Monica to pursue my education.”
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The deceased went to the US after completing his studies at St Mary’s School. He later got a scholarship to study at an Indiana College and proceeded to pursue a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the University of California San Diego. While in the US, he joined a group of highly talented actors in Hollywood and Broadway among them award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.
Odera is the son of prominent scholar Prof Odera Oruko and has been survived by his wife Nicole and siblings Roney, Sheilla, Sharon, Milly and Peter. The cause of his death is yet to be established.
May his soul rest in perfect peace!