A Kenyan man identified as Maritim Biwott Arap Tuwei and his wife Ruth Maritim who were married for 76 years have reportedly died and they died 6 hours apart.
They got married traditionally in 1946. Tuwei died at the age of 107, while Maritim was aged 100.
Interestingly, the two had made a vow and even informed their children that they would both ‘sleep’ when their time to die comes, and no one will be left behind.
Tuko reported that as their time came on Friday, July 23, Ruth passed on around 9pm followed by Tuwei at 2am.
Confirming the incident, David Maritim, the fifth son of the couple said;
“They have always maintained that their deaths will be unique in such a way that both of them will die at the same time, their stand on these sentiments did not mean a lot to our family because we knew they were joking about the matter with dad always insisting that if he happened to die, he will be ‘accompanied’ by his wife, the reality of their untimely demise has hit us hard.”
Speaking on how his mother requested to be accompanied outside at night before dying said;
“While outside, she began shaking massively before dying. Her demise saw immediate family members around her break into wails that attracted the attention of our father who was inside the house. We had to lie to him that our mother had fallen sick and has been rushed to hospital but stable in health.”
The family chairperson also revealed that his father woke up three times in the night to answer the call of nature and at 2am after going back to the house, he slept, never to wake up again.
“He woke up three times in the night to answer the call of nature and at 2am after going back to the house, he went and slept, never to wake up again. We realised that he had passed after one of the immediate members of the family went to check on him only to give feedback that he was no more.”