Soni Methu, a Kenyan journalist and former host of CNN’s Inside Africa died on Thursday after experiencing severe stomach pains.
According to her younger sister Faith, the 34-year-old journalist was at a hotel in Diani, Kwale county, Kenya when she grabbed her stomach and collapsed at 6pm before experiencing what she described as a seizure.
“Her feet were cold and lips were dark,” a family member told the Kenyan publication The Star in regards to Soni’s medical emergency.
She was rushed to the hospital but was immediately pronounced dead.
As CNN reported, an autopsy will be completed to determine Soni’s cause of death.
Soni was known for her role as the former host of the show Inside Africa on CNN International from 2014-2015. CNN made the following statement after learning the news.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and former colleague Soni Methu,” they said. “Our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends, from all at CNN.”
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Following her time at CNN, she left for a new role as a reporter for CGTN, the Chinese-owned news network, where she was an employee at the time of her death. She was 34 years old.