Former CNN Personality Passes Away Aged 34

Former CNN Personality Passes Away Aged 34
Former CNN Host Soni Methu on April 23, 2017. (Soni Methu/Facebook)
Richard Szabo

Family, friends, and fans are remembering the achievements of a former television host whose life was unexpectedly cut short on April 11.

Soni Methu, 34, hosted CNN International’s longest running feature program called “Inside Africa” from 2014 to 2015 when the show transitioned to a new format that no longer required a human presenter.

The journalist reportedly suddenly collapsed while in Kenya and died on the way to hospital, according to a statement published by CNN.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and former colleague Soni Methu,” a CNN spokesperson said. “Our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends, from all at CNN.”

Soni’s friends and colleagues found her to be full of energy and very kind to all people she came across throughout her travels, with the ability to light up a room with her personality.

Exactly what caused her death was unknown at the time of publication.

“We don’t know much but a post mortem will be done to tell exactly what happened,” the woman’s sister, Faith Methu, said.

Soni was the first Kenya-born presenter to host “Inside Africa” and will be remembered for being very proud and passionate about keeping the world informed about her homeland.

Some of her fans said on social media how much more informed they became through her reporting.

“Finally a positive story from CNN on Africa,” Zakka Ayuba said.

“There are parts of Africa where there isn’t even any clean drinking water. How indifferent would I be to enjoy myself on an island like this, without even considering the plight of the poor, starving, homeless and sick?” Ian Frowner said. “My guess is ... I'd probably be considered about normal by today’s standards, so glad to be different. Not better, only different.”

“Zimbabwe is a poor country. The people who keep these islands going need to make a living too also think of the taxes the wealthy pay when they enjoy these islands,” Jay Sunday said.

Soni formerly worked as East Africa correspondent at eNCA in South Africa for two years. Some of her most memorable work includes reporting on the Westgate Mall terrorist attack in the Kenyan capitol of Nairobi and other major events throughout the nation.

Richard Szabo is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years' experience in news writing at mainstream and niche media organizations. He has a specialty in business, tourism, hospitality, and healthcare reporting.
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