Prominent Kenyan author and LGBT activist Binyavanga Wainaina has died at the age of 48. The Caine Literary prize winner died on Tuesday night, May 21, after a short illness, the BBC reports.
Wainaina won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. He also founded the popular literary journal named Kwani?
BBC reports that Wainaina's brother James said although news of his brother's death is already in the public domain, the family is still trying to inform those who may not know.
He said that his family wants to celebrate the acclaimed Kenyan author's life.
"We are in a life celebration mood, we're looking at this from a human level; it's a human story. Allow that humanness to shine, people are hurting," James told the BBC.
"He passed on last night at a hospital after a period of really fighting. But it is what it is now, we're still trying to come to terms with that," he added.
James said Binyavanga had not been in good health over the last few years and his condition had worsened in the last two to three months.
He, however, declined to delve into the details of his brother's illness.
James said his family was hopeful that Binyavanga would recover but that did not happen despite the efforts of doctors.
Barely two months ago, Legit.ng reported the death of Pius Adesanmi, a popular Nigerian professor and columnist based in Canada.
Adesanmi was on the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed in the early hours of Sunday, March 10.
The Ethiopian Airlines flight between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, had crashed on Sunday morning, killing 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard.
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