Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore is no more.
He passed away today morning July 1, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia and traveled to UK for treatment in October and returned in July 2018.
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The CEO has been undergoing treatment for this condition since then and it worsened a few weeks ago.
He dies aged 61 and has left behind a widow Wambui Kamiru and four children.
Safaricom chairman Nicholas Nganga confirmed the death and part of the statement read,
It ‘s with deep sorrow that we announce the passing away of Robert (Bob) William Collymore CEO of Safaricom. PLC, which occurred at his home in the morning of July, 1 2019.
Reactions from social media include,
Uhuru Kenyatta: It is with deep sadness that I have this morning received news of the death of Safaricom CEO Mr Bob Collymore after years of battling cancer. As a country, we’ve lost a distinguished corporate leader whose contribution to our national well-being will be missed
Linus Kaikai RIP Bob Collymore. Painful. Sad. #RIPBobCollymore
Kanambo Bob Collymore passes on at the age of 61. We’ve lost a brilliant mind and a legend RIP Bob Collymore
‘Happy birthday sonko! shida ni jina yako bado imesota BOB,’ read MCA Tricky’s hilarious message to Bob Collymore
Onsongo Ondili Somebody tell me this is Just rumours. We’ve lost a great Man. A great Loss to @SafaricomPLC
Nicholas Oseko He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man. Rip Collymore
Colet Shine on your way Bob..
We at pray for his family during this difficult moment.