|The late Steven Kanumba
Steve Kanumba, who was celebrated as ‘The Great’, died on the wee hours of Saturday after falling in his room, at the reported culmination of a bitter quarrel between him and the suspect, who was his girlfriend.
He was taken to hospital by his doctor, a family member and a neighbour, only to be told that Kanumba had died on the spot apparently after injuring his head severely.
One of the doctors who examined Kanumba’s body at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) hinted that the actor died on the spot after suffering from brain concussion.
The incident is said to have occurred at the home of the deceased Sinza Vatican.
His death touched many people within and outside the country, especially in West Africa.
President Jakaya Kikwete was one of the people who were deeply touched by the death of the young actor. He consoled mourners at the Sinza residence and gave a Sh 10 million token of condolences to the bereaved.
Vice-President Dr Mohamed Ghalib Bilal led thousands of mourners at the funeral, amongst whom were high-ranking government officials.
Kanumba, 28, was buried on Tuesday afternoon at the Kinondoni Cemetery. He was born on January 8, 1984 in Shinyanga Region where he started his Primary education at Bugoyi Primary School. He later joined Mwadui Secondary School before shifting to Vosa Mission Secondary School.
Thereafter, he joined Jitegemee (JKT) high school for Advanced level secondary education up to 2005. He started his acting career early but his breakthrough came in 2002 when he joined Kaole Sanaa group.