The presenter’s sister Faith Methu told CNN the star collapsed yesterday from pains in her stomach and died on the way to hospital. She said her sister-in-law had rushed Soni Methu to the hospital after she collapsed clutching her stomach. “We do not know much [about what caused her death] but a postmortem will be done to exactly established what happened,” she said. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Soni was best known for hosting Inside Africa for CNN International from 2014 until 2015.
In a statement, the broadcaster said: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and former colleague Soni Methu.
“Our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends, from all at CNN.”
Before starting at CNN, she was east Africa correspondent at E News Africa.
While working at E, she coveted the Westgate Mall terrorist attack.
Recently, Soni was working for Chinese international network CGTN.
Her CGTN colleague Vauldi Carelse paid tribute on Twitter today, writing: “Woke up this morning wishing the news we received yesterday wasn’t true.
“The continent’s lost one of its greatest storytellers and warmest hears: Soni Methu.
“From @eNCA to @CNN and @cgtnafrica she covered people’s stories with compassion and undying optimism,” she added. “Rest in Power.”
BBC Africa’s Celestine Karoney tweeted: “I didn’t want to believe it as well — we’ve lost a great one. RIP Soni.”
Robyn Smyth, who worked with Soni at CNN, wrote: “Devastating. Soni was an Angel when I moved to Nairobi, even bringing me warm rain jackets to shield me from the crazy, unexpected storm that I arrived to.
“We had nights of fun, days of work and chats filled with tears and laughter.”
Soni studied IT at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, before starting her career in broadcasting.
She began by hosting talk show Taj Show before moving on to eNCA.