Lady Maureen, the Queen of Ohangla music, might be dead but her voice will live for years to come.
She is famous for Luo hit songs Raila Amollo, Akuru Marachar, Gor Kogalo, Olima yom Ka Budho, among others.
But after months of being in and off from hospital, the Queen is said to have passed on at around 3am on Saturday morning at her home in Uriri, Migori county.
The musician has been battling long illness and had been discharged from hospital a week earlier.
On June 23, some fake news made the rounds claiming Lady Maureen had passed on. A video had to be recorded to assure her fans that she was alive.
In 2018, the singer was diagnosed with hypotension (low blood pressure) and admitted at St Francis Community Hospital in Kasarani, Nairobi.
Earlier in February 2018, Lady Maureen suffered shock after the launch of her album failed at Egesa East Villa, Nairobi, in early February. She was admitted at Nairobi Women’s Hospital for four days.
She had also undergone a surgery over a growth on her back and paralysis on the right side of the body.
But she still fought on. According to the Standard, “Despite having complained of general body weakness and numbness on her right side, she performed in Migori before returning to Nairobi, where she staged another show. Her condition deteriorated after the show.”
Her death was announced by her sister, Bella Achieng, who said the musician had been treated at the Pastor Machage Memorial Hospital in Migori
She has been mourned by among others, ODM leader Raila Odinga who described Maureen as an immensely talented star who held her fort in a dynamic music industry.
“My condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of Lady Maureen. Achieng’ was immensely talented and very dynamic; always adapting to new trends in a very competitive music industry. May she Rest In Eternal Peace,” Raila tweeted.