It was a double tragedy for the family of the late Churchill Show comedian Emmanuel Makori alias Ayeiya.
When the Nation team visited the home, family members had already gathered for the burial of his grandmother at Nyansiongo, Nyamira County.
The comedian’s grandmother, Ms Maryrose Nyambane, had died following a long battle with throat cancer.
Mr Makori’s uncle, Ben Nyambane, said family members got wind of his death at 4am on Friday, as they made burial preparations for Ms Nyambane who died on Sunday.
He said the comedian’s mother, Josephine Njoki, had travelled to Nairobi on Thursday to pick her children for the funeral of their grandmother, him (Ayeiya) included.
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The uncle said his father received a call before dawn directing him to travel immediately to Nairobi to resolve an emerging problem.
“He insisted for a long time to know what the emergency was and when he declined to travel, they informed him that his son had been involved in an accident,” Mr Nyambane said.
According to family members at the rural home, the caller said he died on the spot when his car rammed into an electric pole near Catholic University as he was trying to avoid a head on collision.
Reports say he was heading home when he met his death.
Mr Nyambane added that the family was yet again thrown into a rude shock as preparations for their kin’s burial were underway.
He described his nephew as a respectful and fun person and a motivation to his siblings and relatives.
“He was very close to his cousins and they loved him because of his rib cracking jokes. We could also see that people loved him as we did during his shows,” he said.
Judith Kemunto, aunt of the deceased, said his death is a loss to both the family and the country.
She said he had plans of starting producing his own TV programmes, which was the reason for his hiatus from the Show.
She urged friends and colleagues to support the family as they come to terms with the tragedy.
His cousins described him as the best of them all, and that most of them wanted to pursue their dreams just like he did.
“He had even started training me on producing my own videos because he realized I have a passion for video production, though I am studying another course. I have already posted two on my YouTube channel,” Brenda Moraa, one of his cousins, said.
The family has assembled at their Rongai home.