- Former addict, Patrick Hinga, reportedly died on the morning of Sunday, March 17
- This was confirmed by Wanja Mwaura, the ex-schoolmate who rescued him from the street
- It was not immediately clear what caused the death of the famous ex-street urchin
Kenyans have been saddened by the demise of a reformed substance addict who was rescued from the streets by his former schoolmate.
Patrick Hinga, who first hit local and international news headlines in October 2017, was pronounced dead on the morning of Sunday, March 17.
Confirming the sad news, Hinga's kindhearted and caring schoolmate and rescuer, Wanja Mwaura, said he died on Sunday morning but did not indicate the cause of death.
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“It is with deep sorrow that I inform you that Hinga has rested. He passed on this morning. I do not have the strength to say much right now. Rest in peace, my friend,” Mwaura broke the news in a Faceboook post seen by Legit.ng on Monday, March 18.
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Mwaura, a nurse turned philanthropist saved her long term childhood friend and schoolmate, Hinga, from substance in October 2017.
She bumped into Hinga around Chiromo area where he was living as a street urchin, picked and cleaned him up and then took him to a rehabilitation centre as he had also become a substance abuser.
However, Mwaura could not raise enough funds to support her friend's rehabilitation programme, so she took to social media to seek for assistance from Kenyans and other well-wishers.
Her Facebook appeal quickly grabbed public attention with thousands of Kenyans offering suggestion on how to support her noble mission.
Others rallied behind the idea of the campaign to get Mwaura to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta in order to get adequate support for Mwaura's rehabilitation cause.
Mwaura later in January 2018 announced she had managed to the newly reformed Hinga a shop and house.
“With the money we raised we have opened a Mali Mali shop for him and gotten him a house to stay,” she said.
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To the disappointment of many, Mwaura a few months later announced the young man she rescued from the streets had reverted to his old ways of abusing substances despite her desperate efforts to help turn his life around.
“Hi good people of Wangige. I have been informed that Hinga has had a relapse and he's back in Wangige chewing miraa. We did our best but it seems...Anyway I don't know what to say,” she said in May 2018.
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