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Kenya’s first ever self confessed HIV positive artist dies

24 March 2014, 17:35

Nairobi - George Kihara, better known as Frigacy, has passed on. The artist who hit the limelight after being the first Kenyan artist to openly declare that he was HIV positive, passed away this weekend in unclear circumstances.

He was best known for his work, having been a good artist through his track-titled “Mapenzi” released in May 2013. His death comes as a heavy burden of grief to the music industry which has lost another rising star, weeks after losing gospel star Davy Dee.

According to a video published on YouTube, the artist confessed his HIV status through the following message sent to ghafla: “I’m stage named "Frigacy" a recording artiste under Maxton. Born as George Kihara what I’m going to write is something that has taken me a very long time.

In life it gets to a point where we learn from mistakes therefore we live under the mistakes we’ve made. I made mistakes at my early age, n it has costed me a lot in return. I want youths to learn with me that drugs,sex,fun.....r (sic) simply not the right way out as they have heavy consequences....I’m coming out as the first Kenyan singer on this topic. I’m HIV positive. I no longer want to keep this secret by myself hence i want people with as mutual status to come out n accept the way things are n live positively.....being HIV is not the end of life...I want to be an inspirational artiste to many especially on this matter. Give me support on this as enlarge my HIV/AIDS campaign of awareness. Thank you”.

Being the first artist to have taken this step, he has opened the field up for artists and their fans alike to discuss such issues and help one another out instead of suffering and dying due to stigmatization. We hope to see more and more people come out to embrace this positive attitude and trend that Frigacy began.

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