Tragic end for comedian who used to play dead in TikTok videos

A comedian and musician who repeatedly impersonated dead people to the chagrin of thousands of his social media fans has died in a gruesome accident.

Nicholas Kiplangat Rotich, popularly known as Chongin, was among five people who died on the spot in Monday’s road accident involving a matatu and a tractor in Salaek area of Bomet County.

Thirteen survivors are still hospitalised at Tenwek Hospital while five have been discharged, while the bodies of the five victims are lying at Longisa County Referral Hospital mortuary as families await post-mortem and subsequent release for burial.

Chongin’s family said the comedian’s body will be buried at Kapsasian village in Transmara, Emurrua Dikirr constituency in Narok County on a date to be announced later.

In an earlier interview, the deceased revealed that he was born in Transmara in 1982, explaining that the name Chongin was a shortened version of Chonginiot given to him at birth by his grandmother.

Like someone with a premonition, the father of two played the part of a dead man in a song called Jerusalemu three years ago, who came back to life as the coffin was being transported, sending the shocked handlers scurrying.

“In the video I wanted to show the biblical death and resurrection of Jesus, as it is written in the Bible. Not many people want to play that role, especially the ascension and death, but I see nothing wrong with it,” Chongin said in an earlier interview.

In a recent Tiktok video, he played a man on a tree who was about to commit suicide with a rope because of the high cost of living in the country.

In another video, Chongin is seen “condoling” a heifer whose mother had died shortly after giving birth.

“It is as if he had a premonition of his own death, as he repeatedly acted on matters relating to the dead. It is an unfortunate turn of events that Chongin died in an accident after all the drama,” said Ms Irine Masit, a Bomet resident and fan of the deceased.

He attended Kapsasian Primary School in Transmara before moving to Motiret Primary School in neighbouring Bomet County to join class five. He later dropped out of primary school and moved to Kiptures in Chemaner ward, Bomet East constituency.

Chongin’s musical career started around 2019 when he was introduced to secular artiste Ann Chebaibai, with whom he recorded several songs, the first of which, Omuiten, became a hit.

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