Popular television actor Charles Bukeko known to many by his stage name Papa Shirandula, is dead.

Shirandula’s family confirmed the news and disclosed that he died at the Karen Hospital where he was receiving treatment since Monday, July 13.

It is an end of an era for legendary actor who featured in his Tv series Papa Shirandula on Citizen TV which kept thousands of families glued to the TV for decades.

Among those who have eulogized with Kenyans is Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Dr. Ezekiel Mutua. In his twitter account, he stated: “Rest in peace Charles Bukeko alias Papa Shirandula. You were a self-made man who epitomised the joy and optimism of Kenyans. You made a huge contribution to the entertainment industry in Kenya. We will miss you. May God give peace, comfort and strength to your family and fans.”

Charles Bukeko a.k.a Papa Shirandula.

Council of Governors Chair Wycliffe Oparanya said: “It is with great sadness that have I learnt of the death of comedian Charles Bukeko popularly known as Papa Shirandula. The cruel hand of death has robbed the comedy industry an iconic figure whose comedy did not only entertain but was also educative to many generations.”

Journalists also condole with the family. Fred Obachi Machoka wrote: “Sincere condolences to the family and friends of our colleague and friend the late Charles Bukeko a.k.a. Papa Shirandula. Rest in peace bro.”
Radio star Carol Radull said: “I know him as Bukeko since my stage acting days; you likely know him as Papa Shirandula. He has passed away at Karen Hospital. So sad. May he rest in peace.”
Dorcas Wangira said Charles Bukeko was not just Papa Shirandula.He was a force in theatre and a master storyteller.He had inimitable presence and was a great ambassador of our culture and authentic Kenyan story.May his legacy burn even more brighter.
He is survived by his wife Beatrice Ebbie Andega, and three children; Tony, Charlie and Wendy.

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