Long Lilo’s family has lamented the death of celebrated Benga musician Erick Omondi Odit alias Omondi Long Lilo, blaming top political figures.
The family lamented that they tried reaching out for Raila but no one could get them through.
They said even after the former Prime Mister had promised them some amount of money to help in further treatment, he did not deliver the promise.
“We regret not calling Ruto to help us, Raila refused to answer our calls even after promising us with some money for further treatment, now Long Lilo has died i hope they will be happy.” – Relatives Claimed
Omondi has been battling cancer for some time and reportedly succumbed to the disease at Bondo sub-county hospital.
The popular Mabiro Cha Ineno Ang’o hit maker has been receiving treatment at Bondo sub-county hospital and was on record asking for financial support to cater for the medical expenses. The Benga star joins a list of many Kenyans who have been battling the deadly disease that is very expensive to treat.
News of his death comes just days after the demise of popular Ohangla musician Abenny Jachiga who was pronounced dead in a Kisumu hospital. Omondi’s fans and lovers of Benga music trooped to social media to send their condolence messages to the family.
His wife Goretty Awino and family spokesperson Olima Gondi confirmed the death.Long Lilo thrilled his fans with his husky voice and engaging lyrics during his prime days when he sang alongside Osito Kalle, another legendary Luo Benga icon who trained him.
Some of his hit songs include Goretti Awino, Were wuod Ogalo, Okoth Mang’ang’a, Kong’o shida, Anita Nyausonga , Thomas Mwaya and any more. In his song Japuonj, Omondi praises Osito Kalle for his ability to nurture other singers like himself, Odhiambo Tusker, Aluoch Pamba, Atommy Sifa, Ogina Koko (currently Ramogi FM presenter) and many others.
Odhiambo Tusker after graduating from the hands of Osito composed a hit song Jopuonj, a piece which praised the efforts of teachers in the society and received widespread acclamation among the Luo fan base.Osito who mentored them also starred with other songs such as Lesna buoyo ma wiye, Asembo piny maber, Jaber jaula and much more.