In the wake of gospel singer Papa Dennis’ untimely death, different celebrities have come out to mourn the artist and share their last moments or how his death has impacted them.
Former TPF contestant Didier Madzayo is the latest artist who has come out to mourn the singer who died on Friday night in what the police have established as suicide.
Depression might be the reason why Papa Dennis committed suicide and according to Madzayo, many celebs —him included— find themselves in this position more than the public thinks.
“One may easily think that superstars or celebrities have it all,” said Madzayo in an Instagram post mourning the artist.
“Well, the truth is that depression can affect celebrities too. Let me enlighten you, —wealth and fame are no protection against this debilitating health condition. I am a victim of depression and I’ve seen some dark times, especially with the depressive phase of the illness.”
Witnesses say that Papa was in a studio session at Nairobi Records, owned by legendary producer Mash Mjukuu, when he stormed out of the room and fell from the 7th floor of the Ngara building and died immediately.
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Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself. Anger resentment and jealousy does not change the heart of others… it only changes yours. Never let self-doubt hold you captive. You are worthy of all that you dream of and hope for. Lovely Monday people 😊 #ThinkPositively #SayNoToNegativeEnergy #soulful #selfcare #selfreflection
A lot of celebs have come out to speak about depression in the industry and contribute to ways they can help fight it. Didier, who is also a singer and was in TPF Six, shared his journey battling depression saying that it has been one of the toughest places he’s ever been in mentally.
“I did not speak up for years of what I have been and still going through,” said the singer who’s also the son of Kilifi Senator Stewart Mwachiru Shadrack.
“Preachers and other spiritual people once told me I got a demon and needed deliverance. If they only knew how much I prayed fasted and sought the face of God. There was very little or no empathy, especially from spiritual people.”
Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
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I wish people knew that I didn't discuss my mental health issues for their pity, sympathy, or attention. I also wish that people knew that I talk about it because its a huge part of my life, Whether I want it to be or not. More over, I discuss it to try and help others who relate with or are dealing with the same hurdles. To inform. To educate. To be matter-of-fact. To explain; And not to get babied or frawned over! Lastly I share certainly not to be looked down upon or judged. Selah
Madzayo is now a mental health brand ambassador who is advocating for positive mental health. Through his social media accounts, the musician has been aiding celebrities and common wananchi deal with depression and avoid undergoing the same path the late Papa Dennis followed.
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Its been weighing on my mind all week and I am taking responsibility to speak about it again. One may easily think that superstars or celebrities have it all. Well, the truth is that depression can affect celebrities too. Let me enlighten you, —wealth and fame are no protection against this debilitating health condition. I am a victim of depression and I've seen some dark times, especially with the depressive phase of the illness. My dear friend suffered in silence. Now before I go deeper into what I am about to say, please note that; this post does not in any way elaborate what actually led to the death of @realpapadennis and I do not know what led to his death. All I can say is I understand and I am also fighting exactly just as he did and many others are doing. Yes we can say he was a christian or even a gospel singer and that the battle belongs to The Lord. Feel free to spiritualise it all you want. But allow me to educate you – Depression is a mental illness that doesn't discriminate: It can impact people of all ages and walks of life. In fact, Anxiety and Depression affects millions, both adults and under 18’s in the world at large. Here is what's more, it's the leading cause of disability in the world for people between the ages of 15 and 44. Did you know that? I understand what @realpapadennis was going through and I am not in any way or form comparing it to what I am going through. I did not speak up for years of what I have been and still going through. Coz I had to be a man about it and its deemed as being weak or being spiritualised to make others feel inferrior. Who in the world likes to feel exposed and more especially belittled all because of depression! Preachers and other spiritual people once told me I got a demon and needed deliverance. If they only knew how much I prayed fasted and sought the face of God. There was very little or no empathy especially from spiritual people. I have been made to feel weak or less of a person let alone a christian despite me trying to explain my level best about the prevalence of the disease, a stigma remains around mental health issues. Do we have to wait until an artist takes drastic measures? R.I.P