- Benjamin Ayimba was battling Cerebral Malaria at the Kenyatta National Hospital
- A few weeks ago, the celebrated tactician appealed for financial help to clear a medical bill that had accrued to over KSh 2 million
- His death has come as a shocker to many Kenyans who were praying and hoping he would overcome the sickness
- Ayimba will be remembered for powering Kenya Sevens to its first-ever World Rugby Sevens Series Main Cup title in 2016 at the Singapore 7s
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Celebrated Rugby legend and former Kenya Sevens Coach Benjamin Ayimba has died.
Ayimba, who also played for the national rugby team, was pronounced dead on Friday, May 21, at the Kenyatta National Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment.
TUKO.co.ke understands the legendary sportsman was battling cerebral malaria and has been at the national health facility for quite some time.
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A few weeks ago, Ayimba's family appealed for financial help to clear a medical bill that had accumulated to over KSh 2 million.
Friends, relatives, and political leaders intervened and paid part of the bill. Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja led the fund drive that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta pledge KSh 1 million.
Family spokesperson Oscar Osir said Ayimba's bill needed to be settled before he could be transferred for further treatment.
"His admission at Kenyatta National Hospital will require funds. The family thought they would manage the bills but they have been unable to,” said Osir.
“I told them Ayimba is a public figure and they shouldn’t keep quiet when they are facing challenges," he added.
His death has come as a shocker to many Kenyans who were praying and hoping he would overcome the sickness.
Sports enthusiasts, leaders, and Kenyans from all walks of life trooped to social media to mourn the 44-year old legend.
Ayimba will be remembered for propelling Kenya Sevens to its first-ever World Rugby Sevens Series Main Cup title in 2016 at the Singapore 7s.
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