Larry Madowo Mourns His Beloved Grandmother

CNN International Correspondent Larry Madowo
  • CNN International Correspondent, Larry Madowo, is mourning the death of his grandmother, Francesca Madowo.

    In a post on Friday, August 27, Larry announced her death as he expressed his fondness and love for her.

    Madowo described his 96-year-old grandmother as the heartbeat of their family, adding that his heart is broken.

    “My grandmother, the family matriarch, our heartbeat, my comedy partner, the dearly loved Francesca Madowo, has joined the ancestors,” the CNN correspondents tweeted.

    CNN International Correspondent Larry Madowo

    “I am numb. My heart has been ripped from my chest. Light has gone out of my life. Nind gi kwe, min Omollo (Rest in peace, Mama Omollo).”

    A month ago, Madowo stated that his grandmother had been on a ventilator for four weeks after contracting Covid-19. 

    “Even at 96, my Kenyan grandmother was among hundreds of millions in the developing world who was not vaccinated until recently because rich nations have hoarded most of the available shots. Though I’m more than 60 years younger than her, I was fully inoculated by April because I was living in the United States,” Madowo stated.

    Madowo shared a heartbreaking story of how he lost three relatives in recent months while his grandmother was seriously ill.

    In the broadcast aired on CNN, on Wednesday, July 21, Madowo noted that his heart sinks every time he gets a call from a relative saying that he usually anticipates bad news.

    He disclosed that his uncle named Justus, died in June due to a lack of adequate Covid-19 vaccines. He was the third person in their family to succumb.

    “I had just finished filming at a crammed ICU treating critical Covid-19 patients in Uganda’s capital of Kampala last month when I learned that my uncle Justus had himself died of the virus across the border in Kenya. I was heartbroken and angry.”

    “Justus was buried within 48 hours as the Kenyan government requires. He was the third family member who had died in the pandemic that I didn’t get a chance to mourn properly or see laid to rest,” stated Madowo.

    CNN International Correspondent Larry Madowo
    CNN International Correspondent Larry Madowo