Last Moments of Journalist Sean Cardovillis Before Death

Capital FM Sports journalist Sean Cardovillis shared three tweets and a post on Facebook 22 hours before news of his death broke on Saturday morning.

Cardovillis’ first tweet on Friday was first shared at 12:52 pm, where he shared a video taken at the ongoing 2023 WRC Acropolis Rally in Greece.

“This ditch caught out many drivers, including World Champion Kalle Rovanperä,” he posted.

At 1:15 pm, he shared a poster about his show that was to be hosted today at Capital FM from 2 pm. Marathon runner Faith Kipyegon was scheduled as the guest in the three-hour show.

Capital FM Sports journalist Sean Cardovillis together with President William Ruto at the 2023 WRC Safari Rally in Naivasha on June 21, 2023.


Sean Cardovillis

Capital FM, in a statement released on Saturday morning, disclosed that the interview had been recorded earlier and was set to air today.

35 minutes after the Kipyegon post, the veteran journalist shared another video to update his followers on the ongoing Greece Rally.

“Updated: SS4 was cancelled for safety reasons due to spectators being found in no grey areas,” he stated.  

On Facebook, the journalist announced that he was scheduled to host a show on Capital FM today covering a range of developments in the sports industry.

“We catch up with multiple Kenya National Rally Champion and Safari Rally winner Baldev Chager to find out what he’s been up to since he took a break from the sport at the end of 2021. Chager has a message for the new KMSF Chairman Maina Muturi about getting the entries back in the local rally championship.

“And, we speak to Jose Sardinha – who created a little bit of history by entering four different motorsports disciplines in four consecutive weeks across Kenya,” he stated.

The veteran journalist was found dead at his home in Westlands by a family member on Saturday, according to close friends who spoke to

Preliminary reports, which were yet to be confirmed by the family, indicated that he collapsed and died on the spot.

The journalist had been ailing in recent years, with his condition worsening in 2022, prompting the family to admit him at a Nairobi-based hospital.

Cardovillis was later transferred to the hospital’s High Dependency Unit (HDU) after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

After his recovery, Cardovillis returned to Capital in June this year after a two-year sabbatical leave.

Sean Cardovillis has previously worked at Nation as a radio sports commentator before transitioning to TV as a sports anchor. 

The cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

Capital FM’s Sean Cardovillis poses for a photo at the station on September 2, 2023.


Sean Cardovillis

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