The brother to late Benga maestro Albert Gacheru has died two days after the musician’s death.

According to the family, Gacheru’s brother Basilio Ngunjiri died in Nyandarua after a short illness.

The family has now lost two members in a span of 48 hours.

Gacheru; who was the more prominent member of the family died on Tuesday while receiving treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital.

Gacheru rose to fame in the 1990s with his hit single Mwenda wakwa marirũ. Part of the song's lyrics stated that people often appreciated their loved ones more after they had died more than when they were alive.


Some of his popular hits include; Mumunya, Hurry Hurry Waithera, Nindaguteire, Indo ciakwa among others.

Gacheru's fame grew beyond the country's borders with some of his hits being played on international media like Voice of America.

At the age of 50, Gacheru enrolled himself at the Mount Kenya University to study law with an intention to stem piracy in music. He graduated and was admitted to the Kenya School of Law in 2016.

“I realised that this country has enough laws but few people, even those in business, understand the laws that relate to their businesses. I want to bring about a change in the laws governing copyright and social-economic affairs of the country,” he had said in a past interview.

It is yet to be established as to whether he got to practice law.