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Chameleone’s brother AK47 dies after collapsing in washroom

Musicians in Uganda are mourning the death of their colleague, Emmanuel Mayanja Hummertone popularly known as AK47.

AK47, a Ugandan dancehall musician and younger brother to singer Joseph Mayanja aka Chameleone, died on Monday night at Nsambya hospital after falling in a washroom.

According to his manager Robert Nkuke, the deceased was found bleeding in the washroom at around 8pm and rushed to Nsambya Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

His body has been taken to Mulago Hospital for a postmortem after which it will be taken to national theatre for viewing.

The singer comes from a musical family that comprises of three other prominent brothers namely Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleone, Pius Mayanja aka Pallaso and Douglas Mayanja aka Weasel.

According to fellow singer Diamond Oscar, who was with the deceased at Dejavu, a pub in Kansanga, AK47 died after falling in the washroom of the pub.


“We were called by one of the bouncers who told us that our friend had fallen and collapsed in the washrooms. We thought he had just collapsed, so we got off our shirts and started waving so that he could get some fresh air,” Oscar said.

Oscar further said that a few minutes later, the youngest Mayanja was not responding at all and he was bleeding from the nose and the mouth.

“A patron advised us to rush him to a nearby clinic. When we arrived at Rock pharmacy, the pharmacist advised us to rush the patient to Nsambya Hospital for X-ray and oxygen. The manager of Dejavu helped drive my car to Nsambya hospital. But all through the journey, Ikept calling AK and asking him to say something, but he didn’t. He was bleeding and he had foam coming from his mouth,” Oscar added.

Oscar further narrated that on arrival at Nsambya Hospital, the doctor tried to check AK47’s pulse.


“The doctor asked us to excuse ourselves out of the room and when he came out about five minutes later, he told us AK was gone. It was about 9:45pm.”

AK47 was attached to Team No Sleep music crew that was formed by Radio & Weasle’s breakaway manager Jeff Kiwanuka.

Other reports indicate that the fallen singer is survived by three children including a set of twins that are yet to turn six months of age.

AK47 dropped out of school after completing his senior six and at twenty three years of age, he was one of the fastest growing dancehall musicians.

Fans and fellow musicians thronged Nsambya Hospital till the wee hours of the night.

Rest In peace Emmanuel Mayanja.