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Gone too soon: 5 Famous Kenyan TikTokers who have died in 2022

By Janet Koech October 20th, 2022 4 min read

Kenya Tiktokers are making waves on the popular app. However, there are those we have lost this year alone.

Here is a list of five Tiktokers who died in 2022. May they rest in peace

Devance Empire

Most people knew Devance Ogweno from his interesting TikTok videos he continuously posted before his death. He entertained and encouraged many via his very informative Tiktoks.


One day I fought my teacher! Not Funny!

♬ original sound – DEVANCE EMPIRE

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The young man was staying in Kisumu when he met his untimely death. According to media reports, he complained of severe chest pains and was unwell for several days.

Close friends revealed that due to financial constraints, Devance could not seek medical help in good time.

And because he could not stay alone in his house due to his health status, he moved in with a friend named John Okidi in Homa Bay, and It was shortly after this that the Tiktoker died due to the persistent ailment

Many of his friends took to social media to mourn the death of Devance. He described himself as a musician, songwriter, audio producer, video editor and content creator on YouTube, and he recorded his first song in 2007 with the Gethsemane Academy choir and orphanage.


♬ original sound – Rebby 🇹🇿

Many will remember him for the stories he shared on his TikTok account, which many found entertaining. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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Bahati Bahaty

Kenyans learnt about Bahati Bahaty’s death through Samuel Githaiga’s emotional video on TikTok trying to explain the cause of death of the youngster, but he couldn’t, though he managed to say that the deceased was ill and that he had gone home before breaking down.



♬ Emotional Piano for the Soul (Inspirational Background Music) – Fearless Motivation Instrumentals

Bahati Bahaty was a journalist and a brand influencer who loved what he was doing for the media, he also enjoyed trying out some TikTok challenges, and his fans applauded him for his great work. He was also a family man and enjoyed spending time with his family.

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Many reacted in shock after learning about his death, and they could not believe it. The burial preparations are still ongoing as they continue to raise funds of ksh300,000 as their aimed budget. He is set to be buried in Mbooni, Makueni County, on October 14.

May the heavenly host guide you in peace and rest in power.


@bahatibahaty 💔

♬ NYAME MFA WO NSIE – Mama Esther

Purity Wangechi

Purity Wangeci was a 19-year-old student at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication in Nairobi and had enrolled to pursue a Diploma in Journalism Course.

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She was a first-year student when she met her tragic death. Wangeci was a budding TikToker who endured a brutal death at the hands of her boyfriend, who tried covering his tracks by dumping her body by a roadside in Kiambu to avoid being exposed as a thug after she found out about his secret lifestyle.


#coupleschallenge #couplelove #couples #couplestiktok #couplesgoals #fypシ゚viral #foryoupage #tiktokkenya🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪 #fyp

♬ original sound – wangeshi 💕💕

John Wanyoike Kabugi, famously known as DJ Flex, was arrested alongside three other men, Brendan Muchiri and Kanaiya Kamau, who were his accomplices in the murder.

Wangeci’s body was found dumped in a thicket at Buriria village, Kiambu county and had multiple stab wounds to which she succumbed.

She will be remembered for her vibrant energy that can be seen in her creative videos posted on TikTok and her bright warm smile. May her soul continue resting in eternal peace.

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Mama Talisha

Mama Talisha, unfortunately, got her fame while she was no more. A video shared on TikTok by her husband Faustine Don, a famous photographer and TikTok star, explains his tragic story of losing his wife in a fatal car accident that left his daughter in a critical condition and him in trauma.


love above all❤️#foryou #weekendvibes #foryou #viral #fypシ #foryourpage #goodvibes #learnontiktok #kenya #viralvideo #trending #trend

♬ Into Your Arms (feat. Ava Max) – Witt Lowry

People were moved by this story and wondered how a human being could endure so much and still be strong, and his supporters encouraged him to continue being strong for his daughter, especially during the time Talisha was still recovering and also for himself.

Though there were people who trash-talked him, saying that he was using his story to gain fame, he went on to explain that his story was meant to inspire other people out there.

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People got to know more about Mama Talisha even when she was gone through Baba Talisha’s TikTok account and YouTube channel.


itabidi , atimes my heart can’t hold much frm pple😞💔#foryou #foruyou #goviral #fypシ #babatalisha #kenyantiktok #foryourpage #learnontiktok #fyp

♬ Can We Kiss Forever? – Kina

He described his wife as loving, sharp and intelligent. His love for his late wife is evident as he posts their pictures on every anniversary, visits her grave, and flowers it now and then. Continue resting in peace, Mama T.

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Rehema Rose

TikTok user Rehema Rose met her untimely death in mid-August 2022. Reports indicate her jealous boyfriend murdered her.

Many described her as a sweet soul, and she was beautiful and bold, posting her life events and showcasing her make-up skills on TikTok before she died.


Rest in peace Rehema rose 😭😭😭💔💔💔💔💔💔#Tanzania #mombasa #kenyantiktok🇰🇪 #kenyansincanada🇨🇦🇰🇪 #sad R.I.P #restinpeace

♬ Magufuli Umelala Tanzania blessing voice – Church Songs Ent

Many have joined hands in seeking justice for the late youngster who has left behind a young, innocent son, among them being a popular TikTok star Azziad Nasenya.

Reports say that she was assaulted and left for dead. May she find justice, and may her soul rest in peace.

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