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KCB mourns Joshua Kirui after tragic Everest expedition

The Commercial Bank of Kenya has mourned fallen mountaineer Joshua Cheruiyot Kirui, whose body was found on Tuesday interrupting his daring attempt to scale Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen.

In a statement, CEO Paul Russo said the lender is saddened by his untimely passing.

“We extend our words of encouragement and our sincerest prayers of strength and comfort to his family, colleagues and loved ones as we navigate this difficult period,” Russo said.

Until his death, the CEO said Kirui was a dedicated Senior Relationship Manager – Plans, Mortgage Division and was a valued member of KCB staff.

He said Kirui, whom he described as a passionate athlete and mountaineer both locally and abroad, will be remembered as a dedicated employee.

Everest today, An organization that tracks mountaineering activities in the Himalayas broke the news of Kirui’s death on Wednesday morning, hours after he was reported missing along with his Nepalese guide.

The organization said in X that Kirui’s body was found a few meters below the summit of Mount Everest, about 8,000 meters above sea level.

“He was on a daring mission to reach the summit without supplemental oxygen and was accompanied by Nepalese climber Nawang Sherpa, whose fate is still unknown,” the organization said.

“His indomitable will and passion for mountaineering will forever be an inspiration. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this time of grief. Rest in peace, Cheruiyot.”

Russo said Kirui was only the second Kenyan to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain above sea level.

“His recent triumphs on Mount Manaslu and Mount Everest are a testament to his adventurous spirit and determination,” he said.

The CEO said Kirui’s indomitable will and unwavering passion for mountaineering elevated him to iconic status and, although he no longer exists, he will continue to be an inspiration to many.

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