A Kenyan actress, identified as Maureen Wanza, has been reported dead after she bled to death during child birth at a private clinic in Kilifi County on Tuesday.
Wanza was known for her roles in television productions, Sumi and Almasi, among others.
The actress had been rushed to a private clinic after developing complications.
Ann Harmburg, CEO of Ashiners Films, said Wanza’s baby was also lost.
“It was an emergency. While at the facility, her situation worsened as she gave birth. She bled to death. Unfortunately, her baby also died minutes later.”
Ken Ambani, a fellow actor, said:
“It’s sad not only to me as a friend but to the entire acting industry fraternity.”
Thespian Gerald Langiri posted on social media;
“Maureen will be best remembered for her role as Sasha in the swahili program Sumu which she got nominated for best lead actress in a TV drama at Kalasha awards 2015.”
Her death comes at a time when nurses and doctors in Kenya are on a strike that has lasted for 106 days.
Health services in public hospitals around the country have remained grounded due to the industrial action.