In a public message posted on the social networking platform X (formerly Twitter), the Head of State expressed his sorrow over the passing of the talented journalist Sean Cardovillis. The President described Sean as an exceptionally gifted journalist and also highlighted his upbeat personality.
President Ruto’s message read, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of the brilliant and exceptional sports broadcaster, Sean Cardovillis. He was a cool, insightful, and highly talented journalist who played a vital role on our radio stations. We will miss his clear and concise voice, his passion, and his cheerful demeanor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and colleagues in the media industry during this difficult time.”
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, also on the same platform, offered his condolences to Sean’s family and acknowledged the absence of his wit in the sports media industry. His message stated, “I am saddened by the untimely passing of the renowned sports journalist Sean Cardovillis, who left us this morning. We will greatly miss his sharp wit and extensive knowledge of various sports, particularly Motorsport. My deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, and colleagues in the media and sports community for this loss.”
Kilimani MCA Robert Alai, in his tribute, remembered Sean as a community leader, sports expert, and a close friend. He mourned the loss and the impact it would have on their local community, stating, “A community leader, sports guru, brother, and friend. I have lost a pillar in Kileleshwa Ward. The Raphta Road community won’t be the same without you. Together, we worked to build a strong network of community mobilizers in the affluent parts of Kileleshwa.”
The messages of condolences from other Kenyans on social media platform X included:
- Gabriel Oguda shared his memories of Sean, referring to him as one of the greatest radio journalists in the history of the profession, with a memorable punchline. He also noted that if passion had a personification, it would be Sean.
- Eric Njiru expressed his devastation at Sean’s passing, calling him an icon of the sports industry in Kenya and Africa. He conveyed his condolences and bid Sean farewell.
- Hon. Esther M Passaris praised Sean as a remarkable broadcaster whose passion for sports was contagious and brought joy to countless listeners. She expressed her sadness at his loss and shared a picture of Sean.
- Fidel Maithya shared his personal connection with Sean, mentioning that Sean had opened doors for him as a sports and production intern at Capital and had later become a friend and colleague. He expressed his deep sadness upon hearing the news.
- Bernard Ndong expressed his grief and paid tribute to Sean, acknowledging the significant contributions he had made to sports broadcasting in Kenya.