Long serving Star Journalist Rebuen Githinji has died.

The 13-year veteran was the media outlet's Embu correspondent for many years, generating stories of public interest-highlighting the issues affecting people in the region.

His sister Grace Waceke revealed that the journalist had suffered Covid-19-like symptoms last week, complaining of having difficulties breathing and was rushed to the Embu Referral Hospital.

Githinji was in need of ventilatory support but all Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds were full and was rushed to the Murang'a Hospital.

File image of Star journalist Reuben Githinji. |Photo| Courtesy|

The journalist died while undergoing treatment at the hospital on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Politicians from the region including Mbeere South MP Geoffrey King'ang'i described the 52-year-old's death as a blow to residents of the region.

Githinji in his writing highlighted issues of insecurity,  poor roads, rogue pastors, dilapidated school facilities, issues affecting farmers, to social wellbeing of the elderly.

"His reporting was objective and balanced. We have lost a good writer,” King'ang'i stated.

Star news editor Francis Mureithi described Githinji as an astute reporter who was reliable in his reporting.

"We have lost one of the most dependable and hard working writers,” Mureithi stated.

“His work as a journalist stood for itself, a humble and soft spoken man who hardly complained," he added.

Githinji succumbs at a time when his daughter is expected to sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams next week.

He will  be laid to rest at his Nyahururu home.