Keroche Breweries CEO Tabitha Karanja confirmed in a statement that the company’s Strategy and Innovation Director Tecra Muigai had passed on following a tragic accident on Saturday afternoon, May 2.
“The Board of Directors and Management of Keroche Breweries is deeply saddened to inform that Tecra Muigai Karanja passed away,” reads the statement in part.
There were unconfirmed reports that she was involved in a grisly road accident allegations which the family statement did not confirm.
Sending our deepest condolences to #Anerlisa Muigai and CEO of Keroche Breweries, Tabitha Karanja who lost her bbay sister and daughter respectively in a car accident in Lamu on May 2nd in the afternoon.
May she RIP💛🙏🏽 #keepitkiss pic.twitter.com/WFWQpoFFt4
— KISS TV KENYA (@KeepItKiss) May 3, 2020
And taking to social media, Anerlisa Muigai, Tecra’s sister alluded that her sister had not died from a car accident.
“She did not pass because of a car accident. Nkt,” Anerlisa posted on an Insta story after a fan-made an update claiming that Tecra had died in a car accident.
However, it has been reported that Joseph and Tabitha Karanja’s daughter Tecra Muigai may have died after falling from the balcony of a holiday home in Lamu.
According to a Standard Media source familiar with the incident, Tecra was admitted to a Nairobi hospital where she succumbed to injuries sustained after the Thursday fall.
“She was in ICU for three days before she passed on,” said a source who spoke to the local media house on condition of anonymity.
Tecra was rushed to hospital but passed away on May 2, 2020, after being hospitalised with a swelling in the brain. Swelling or inflammation is part of the body’s natural response to injury.
From a medical perspective, the Head Injuries lead to a traumatic brain injury called cerebral oedema where fluid builds up around the brain, causing an increase in pressure known as intracranial pressure.
If oedema occurs in the brain, however, it can cause severe complications. Cerebral oedema can restrict the supply of blood to the brain. Blood carries oxygen to the brain, which the brain requires to function. A lack of oxygen in the brain can damage brain cells or cause them to die.
Kenyanbulletin.com has learnt that detectives from the homicide unit at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have taken over the probe into her death.
We can also confirm that a planned postmortem on the body yesterday was postponed after the detectives said there were issues they wanted to cover first.
“The officers will interview a number of people who were with Tecra when the accident happened. The team also plans to visit the place where the accident happened. They want to ensure any questions regarding the death are addressed,” said one officer.
Tabitha and Karanja have four children — James Karanja, Anerlisa Muigai, Edward Muigai and now the late Tecra Muigai.
Keroche Breweries paid tribute to her brilliance, passion and energy. The company said she was the source of important innovations that have enriched the company’s product range, including the development of new brands that were scheduled to be launched this year.
“While we mourn the loss of a remarkable young lady, we also celebrate her life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true and to be willing to explore and push their limits,” reads the statement.
Yesterday, the entertainment world stood with Anerlisa, her younger sister who is a big name in the showbiz industry.
— Anerlisa Muigai (@AnerlisaMuigai) May 3, 2020
“Tecra’s death took all of us, especially guys who were her friends, by surprise. I knew Tecra as a true friend for years and I am so saddened by the bad news. Tecra was a true friend and a happy soul, somebody who knew what she wanted in life. She stood for her friends and wasn’t the kind of person who likes dropping names simply because she is from a big family,” rapper Jackson Makini, alias CMB Prezzo, who had a short love affair with her back in 2012 said.
Anerlisa Muigai’s soon-to-be husband, Ben Pol also joined the family in mourning the sudden death of Tecra Muigai. Her fiance, RnB star Ben Pol wrote,
“MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE, MPENDWA WETU TEKII.”