Kenyan Media Mourns the Loss of Former KTN News Anchor Michael Oyier

Former KTN news anchor Michael Oyier passes away at 52 after complications from a head surgery. Tributes pour in from colleagues, highlighting his distinguished career in journalism and transition to counseling.

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Kenyan Media Mourns the Loss of Former KTN News Anchor Michael Oyier

Kenyan Media Mourns the Loss of Former KTN News Anchor Michael Oyier

Michael Oyier, a former news anchor at Kenya Television Network (KTN), passed away on Saturday while receiving treatment at a Nairobi hospital. Oyier collapsed at his home in Lavington, Nairobi on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 after complaining of severe headaches. He was rushed to the hospital where scans were done and an operation on his head was deemed necessary. However, the operation went badly and Oyier died on Saturday with his close family members present. "The exact cause of his death is yet to be determined, and a postmortem will be conducted," said a close friend.

Oyier had a long and distinguished career in journalism, working as a news anchor at KTN for nine years from 2002 to 2012. After leaving KTN, he transitioned into providing counseling services and became an executive leadership coach. Oyier was also a certified psychologist. He was the second-born in a family of five and is survived by his two daughters.

Why this matters: Michael Oyier's passing is a significant loss for the Kenyan media industry. As a veteran journalist and respected news anchor, his contributions to the field were immense. Oyier's transition from journalism to counseling and coaching also highlights the diverse career paths that media professionals can pursue.

Tributes have poured in from colleagues and friends in the media industry. Veteran radio host Maina Kageni referred to Oyier as a legend and one of the best newscasters Kenya has ever seen. "Michael Oyier was a true example of commitment, discipline, and encouragement in the media industry," said media personality Carol Radull. Oyier's body was moved to the Lee Funeral Home and a postmortem is planned to determine the cause of his death.

Key Takeaways

  • Former KTN news anchor Michael Oyier passed away on April 20, 2024.
  • Oyier collapsed at home, underwent surgery, but died with family present.
  • Oyier had a distinguished 9-year career at KTN, later transitioned to counseling.
  • Tributes from colleagues praised Oyier as a media industry legend.
  • Postmortem to determine cause of death, body moved to Lee Funeral Home.