The Kenya local sporting community is in mourning following the sudden death of celebrated Kenya boxing pioneer Richard Murunga on the night of Friday, October 26.
In a statement sent to newsrooms and seen by TUKO.co.ke, his family confirmed Murunga, who was the first Kenyan professional boxer, died at Kenyatta National Hospital where he was admitted.
- Murunga passed on at Kenyatta National Hospital where he was admitted for a week
- He started his boxing career at 19 under the mentorship of his father, a Kenya Army officer
- The 65-year-old boxer won bronze in the 1972 Munich Olympics Championship bout
- His love for boxing saw him desert the army in 1973 as boxing authorities did not allow him to go professional
- He is survived by two wives and seven children