Renowned Ohangla musician Maureen Achieng’ Otiu popularly known as Lady Maureen is NOT dead, her mother Margaret Akinyi has confirmed.
Reports of her death heavily circulated in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Social media went ablaze as fans sent their messages of comfort to the singer’s family during these down moments.
In a phone interview with a local Nairobi blog, Margaret told off those spreading the false rumours and maintained that her daughter is alive and well.
She further added that the singer is currently in Kenya, unlike previous reports that her daughter was receiving treatment at a hospital in Mwanza, Tanzania.
“Watu wamepost ameaga na bado mtu ako mzima. Nashindwa ni nini inaendea? She’s alive and not dead. She is at home recuperating and most of the time she finds it difficult to speak on the phone for a long time so people contact me.” – Lady Maureens mother Margaret Akinyi
Lady Maureen has been ailing for the last two years and she has been in and out of hospital.
Three months ago, it emerged that the musician was stranded at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital after she was discharged.
Her friend Nancy Achieng then said that the musician’s mother was reluctant to take her in due to a family misunderstanding.
Singer Akothee is among the first Kenyan artistes who sought help for the musician after she fell sick.
In January this year, Lady Maureen gave an update on her health condition, allaying fears — at the time — that she was in critical condition.
Lady Maureen was — at the time — admitted at Pastor Machage Memorial Hospital in Migori County.
She said she was diagnosed with a severe stomach infection and had been in hospital since January 23.
“I am ailing, but not dead. I was told that I would, most likely, be discharged from hospital in the next five days,” Lady Maureen told the media on January 30.
“I have heard a section of people reporting that I am dead. It hurts me to learn that there are people who wish I was dead. Nonetheless, what I am sure about is that I will walk out of this hospital in good health,” she added. The musician said due to her hospitalisation, her four children bore the brunt of her absence.
“I have been forced to beg so that my children can eat,” she said, adding: “Begging is a relatively new phenomenon to me; so, I am finding a lot of difficulty in doing so.”
The 36-year-old said after being discharged from hospital, she was going to produce a gospel song.
Lady Maureen’s mother, Margaret Akinyi Onyango at the time said that it broke her heart to see her daughter in poor health, but she was optimistic that Lady Maureen will emerge triumphant in her battle against the disease.