A healthcare worker drowned in a swimming pool during a Facebook live broadcast last week – to the horror of her family and friends in Kenya.
Hellen Nyabuto, 24, died Thursday while swimming in a motel pool in Chatsworth, Ontario. according to the Toronto Star.
Nyabuto was live streaming the fatal incident and was seen smiling, swimming and talking to online viewers from the shallow end of the pool, according to the paper.
After drifting off the deep end, she appeared to be struggling and could be heard calling for help as she drifted out of the current frame.
The supply then went quiet for hours until other motel patrons were seen entering the pool and discovering Nyabuto’s lifeless body, the article said. The live stream has since been removed by Facebook.
Nyabuto moved to Canada in 2018 and was working at a long-term care residence in the northwest suburbs of Toronto, according to the newspaper.
“Hellen was the breadwinner at home for her family. She has supported them and left a huge void,” Alfonce Nyamwaya, Nyabuto’s close friend, is reported to have said.
“She worked with the elderly until the end,” she added. “She really had a passion for it.”
Nyabuto had not returned to her homeland since moving abroad and loved ones were trying to raise enough money to bring her body home while making plans to come to Toronto, Nyamwaya said.
“We need prayers. We need financial support.”
The friend and former college classmate also told the newspaper that Nyamwaya’s family wanted to dispel rumors spreading in Kenya that her death was the result of foul play.
“May the family mourn in peace. Let Helen rest. It was an accident.”