The former host of a CNN program has died suddenly, with the cause of death unknown. CNN reported that Soni Methu died Thursday in Kenya. She was 34.
The Kenyan journalist was the former host of CNN’s “Inside Africa.” She reportedly collapsed suddenly and died en route to the hospital.
Her sister, Faith Methu, released a statement saying: “We don’t know much but a post mortem will be done to tell exactly what happened.”
Soni Methu hosted “Inside Africa,” CNN International’s longest-running feature program, for two years from 2014-2015, before the show switched to a new format without a presenter.
In a statement, CNN said: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and former colleague Soni Methu.”
The CNN report says that Methu, who was previously east Africa correspondent at the South African news channel eNCA, “was very proud to be the first Kenyan host of ‘Inside Africa,’ and was passionate about presenting her homeland to the world. Those at CNN who knew and worked with her say she had a great energy, an ability to light up the room and was incredibly kind to those she worked with as well as people she met in her travels.”
Here’s a clip posted in 2016 in which Methu explains her departure from CNN …