Kenyans woke up to a shocking death announcement on Daily Nation that the bore the image of billionaire businessman Jimmy Wanjigi.
In its obituary section, the leading Newspaper used Wanjigi’s image to announce the death of a businessman identified as James Richard Wanjagi.
“It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of James Richard Wanjagi on 30th January 2018 which occurred after a failed armed robbery in Nairobi’s Karen estate,” read the obituary on Wednesday's Daily Nation.
The obituary further described the deceased as the son of James Maina and Wambui Magari and husband to Irene.
It also said the deceased was father to Maina Wanjagi and Wambui Wanjagi, who are currently studying at Institut LeRosey in Switzerland.
The announcement further linked the deceased to Kwacha Industries, one of the companies associated to Jimmy Wanjigi.
Taking to social media, Kenyans online questioned the announcement and how Daily Nation ended up using the photo of Wanjigi.
“Daily Nation, did Jimmy Wanjigi die without our knowledge?” Blogger Robert Alai asked.
“Death Announcement appearing on page 49 of today’s Daily Nation. Today is 7th February, the funeral is to take place on the 6th of February. But that’s not the point,” another Kenyan said.
“To me, it looks like Jimmy Wanjigi published this himself. He paid for it,” Sir Silvesta said.
Karani Mutonga reacted: “From the father, children, wife, home, company it’s all Wanjigi. Apart from the name change to Wanjagi.”
However, in a statement, Nation Media Group apologized for the "erroneously published death announcement."
"We regret the pain and anguish this may have caused Mr Wanjigi and his family," the statement read.
"Nation Media Group does not condone such publication, which clearly goes against our editorial policy."
"We have taken immediate action against those responsible for the placement of the announcement, including reporting the matter to the police for further investigations," the statement read.