Saleh Wanjala alias Bungoma James Bond, a man who shocked the world by hanging on a moving helicopter in Bungoma is dead.
Wanjala (45) and a father of four died on Monday afternoon September 28, 2020 at Bungoma County Referral Hospital after a short illness.
A medic at the medical facility who asked for anonymity confirmed that he breath his last this afternoon.
Wanjala made headlines in May 2016 after he hang into the helicopter that was ferrying the body of the slain Nairobi business man, Jacob Juma.
The body had been taken to Posta Ground in Bungoma town for viewing by members of the public but when it was time for the helicopter now taking off to his home in Bumula constituency, the visibly drunk man hang onto it.
The shouting from members of the public helped the pilot to notice the strange object and it forced him to make an promptu landing at Bungoma airstrip.
Wanjala who jumped off the helicopter was slightly injured and rushed to Bungoma County Referral hospital where he was hospitalized for a week before he was arraigned at Bungoma law courts for endangering his life and trying to commit suicide.
He was later represented in court probono by a renowned lawyer Andrew Kituyi until when his case was dismissed for lack of evidence in 2019.
The deceased together with other people were later given a free and fully paid Aeroplane ride to Nairobi from Kisumu airport where a known Nairobi businessman Joseph Lendrix Waswa catered for the return ticket.
Wanjala was hosted at an high-end hotel in Kilimani Estate where they dined and wined before returning back home.
A family member confirmed that since then, Wanjala who hailed from Webuye East but resided at Mashambani estate in Bungoma town has been on a drinking spree throughout.
“We are sad that we have lost him, Wanjala was always drunk and our efforts to rehabilitate him hit a snag until his untimely death,” said a family source.
The body has been preserved at Bungoma County Referral Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem on the real cause of his death.