Comedian Ben Maurice alias Othuol Othuol who passed on on Sunday will be laid to rest on October 24.
The burial planning committee led by Comedians In Kenya Society Chairman Ken Waudo, is budgeting for a burial likely to cost a whopping Sh1 million.
“Plans are underway to inter his body at his ancestral home in Ndere, Alego, Siaya County scheduled for 25th October 2020 and we are looking at Othuol funeral budget ranging at Sh700,000 to Sh1 million,” he said.
According to Waudo, Othuol’s remains have been moved to Chiromo Mortuary as family and friends meet at his Kitengela home and at a hotel in Nairobi to plan the funeral.
A fundraiser will soon be held to cater for funeral expenses.
The funnyman died while receiving treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for a brain tumor and tuberculosis.
In July, fellow comedian Sleepy David disclosed that the deceased was diagnosed with a growth in his brain.
“Do you know that Othuol called Ber to tell him he has a growth in his brain and needs help today,” read Sleepy’s comment.
Othuol, 31, while speaking to Tuko 10 months ago, said: “I told my friend Tumbili about how I was feeling and together with my wife, Karis and Butita, they took me to the hospital where I was diagnosed with TB,” he told Tuko some 10 months ago.
He was on medication for six months after which he was given a new bill of health.
“After diagnosis, the journey started. I took medicine for about six to seven months and I finished in October, I was tested and they found out I was healed. So, right now I am fine but I am weak I cannot stand for long or walk for a long distance, I cannot perform for the live audience for now,” he added.
Then, he thanked his boss, Daniel Ndambuki aka Churchill for footing his hospital bills and fans for sending him money via MPesa.
“Some fans used to send me money on Mpesa, some would even say they had sent the money for my lunch,” he continued.
“Churchill took me to the hospital, and I also appreciate the Laugh Industry, they paid the hospital bills. Churchill, may God bless you abundantly.”