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Sean Cardovillis was found dead 14 hours after death, journalist’s family reveals

By Winnie Mabel September 23rd, 2023 2 min read

The family of Sean Cardovillis has revealed the sports journalist’s health problems of his final days alive.

During a requiem mass on Friday at Consolata Shrine in Westlands, Nairobi, the family also disclosed that Sean’s body was found dead 14 hours after he died.

“In February 2022, Sean was hospitalized for 3 weeks at the Aga Khan Hospital when one of his lungs collapsed with severe pneumonia. Sean managed to fight back and was enjoying good health including cycling 50/80 kilometers on days,” the family said in the eulogy booklet.

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Thereafter, Sean resumed his active lifestyle, including frequent travels to his family home in Nanyuki and elsewhere out of town on assignment.

According to the family, On September 8, Sean went to Capital FM, where he worked, on a bicycle and returned home at 6pm to watch the opening match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, an event he was to attend later in the month courtesy of Emirates Airlines.

From left: George Cardovillis (Sean’s father) receives souvenirs from KMSF Chairman Maina Muturi, WRC Safari Rally Event Secretary Hellen Shiri, and rally legend Alistair Cavenagh at Consolata Shrine, Nairobi, during the memorial service for departed sports journalist Sean Cardovillis on September 22, 2023. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT

“This was to be Sean’s final day. He collapsed on the stairs leading to his flat. He was found the next morning, next to his road bicycle about 14 hours later,” the family said.

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In 2022, Sean sent out a call for financial help to foot his medical bills. He had been treating pneumonia and was suffering a collapsed lung and chest pains as well as an infection around his heart.

Sean was born on February 23, 1973 at War Memorial Hospital in Nakuru. From his childhood, Sean was a sports over-achiever and won recognition for his exploits. He later pursued journalism and is best remembered for his love for various sports including motorsport, rugby, athletics, swimming, cricket and squash.

Over the years, Sean became a renowned sports presenter and personality in Kenya. He worked for more than 20 years in radio and TV. He worked for KTN and Capital FM in the mid-90’s, then he relocated to Seychelles where he worked for Paradise FM between 2006 and 2012.

He returned to Kenya and worked for Nation Media Group from 2014 to 2020 before he rejoined Capital FM where he worked until his demise.

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