The Kenyan film industry is mourning the sudden passing of the renowned actor Charles Ouda.

According to a communique jointly released by his family and companion, Ciru Muriuki, Ouda died on Saturday night aged 38.

"Dear friends and family, it is with great sadness that we share the passing of Charles 'Charlie' J.Ouda on the night of February 3, 2024," the joint statement reads. 

However, the statement did not disclose the cause of the renowned actor's death.

In the same statement, the family of Ouda implored members of the public to accord them some space in order to come to terms with their loss and pledged to share more details later.

"We appeal to all to give his fiancée Ciru, and the Oudas space to grieve this unfathomable loss. More details will be given in due course," they asked.

Ouda will be fondly remembered by his contribution to the local film industry as an astute script writer, show host, event manager, and voice-over artist. 

He graced our screens in local productions such as Makutano Junction, The Know Zone Changing Times, Higher Learning, Changes, Mali, Second Family, Crime and Justice and Salem.

Not only did he shine in the local film industry, Ouda also stepped into the international scene and featured prominently in blockbusters such as The First Grader.

Friends, colleagues and fans of Ouda took to various social media platforms to express their shock and his sudden demise and offer their condolences.