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No, Kenyan rapper King Kaka is not dead

Facebook posts widely circulating in Kenya since late December 2019 claim that the musician Kennedy Ombima, popularly known as King Kaka, is dead.

The posts claim that Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigation is looking into “the sudden death of King Kaka”. 

The posts link to a short article, published on a phony website, which mimics the website of Kiswahili radio station Milele FM, but publishes false news stories. 

A screenshot of the story was also shared on Twitter, repeating the claim that “King Kaka died in what seemed as a plotted death. His lungs were filled with a poisonous gas”.

There are many fake celebrity death reports on social media, causing unnecessary panic. How true is this particular story? We checked.

Milele FM’s official response and King Kaka’s social media

On 26 December, Milele FM responded to the story through their official Facebook account .

Milele FM shared a screenshot of the article and captioned it: “FAKE NEWS ALERT!!!! To all our followers and fans. This is not the official Milele FM News website account.” 

As the rumours about his death swirled, King Kaka’s Twitter account showed that he is alive and well. 

His Facebook page was active, updating fans on his upcoming shows. 

There is nothing on either social media account or other reporting that hints at the musician being unwell. The reports are a hoax; King Kaka is not dead. – Grace Gichuhi

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