Former Makutano Junction actor Charles Ouda has passed on.
His death was confirmed on Sunday, February 4, in a statement issued on behalf of his family and his fiance Ciru Muriuki.
According to the statement, Ouda- also known as Charlie- died on the night of Saturday, February 3.
The appointed spokesperson also requested members of the public to give his family and spouse a space as they grieve the death of their loved one.
However, the statement did not reveal the cause of the actor’s death and promised to issue additional details about his death and funeral arrangements.
“It is with deep sorrow that the family of Charles ‘Charlie’ Ouda and Ciru Muriuki inform you of his passing on the night of 3rd February 2024,” the statement read in part.
“He was a beloved son, brother and friend. We appeal to all to give his fiancé Ciru, and the Oudas space to grieve this unfathomable loss.”
By the time of his death, Charlie was 38 years old.
Charles Ouda Role in Kenya’s Entertainment Realm
His legacy in Kenya’s creative space and entertainment world is rich and defined by his roles in some of Kenya’s popular TV shows in the past.
He featured in, among other shows, the popular Makutano Junction, that used to air on Citizen TV, ‘The First Grader,’ and ‘Count It Out,’ and hosted Know Zone– a children’s’ education show that aired between 2008 and 2019.
Makutano Junction had in the first decade of the 21st century won the hearts of Kenyan film lovers with its script mainly focusing on acrocentric life and challenges.
Beyond his acting role, Charlie also doubled up as script writer including a stint with Showmax between 2021 and 2022.
His name was prominent in Kenya’s film and entertainment industry having also played key roles in scripting and productions of several films.
Charlie’s vast portfolio in the industry also encompassed roles in documentaries, event management, theatre, and videography.
Until his death, the actor and media personality was engaged to former Nation FM presenter Ciru Muriuki.