Ivory Coast: death of Soum Saint-Félix, former RTI host

Ivory Coast: death of Soum Saint-Félix, former RTI host
Ivory Coast: death of Soum Saint-Félix, former RTI host

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Media professionals in Côte d’Ivoire, and more particularly RTI employees, are once again in mourning. Fourteen days after the loss of Marie-Dominique Kacou, host and producer Soum Saint-Félix died.

Barely two weeks after the sudden disappearance of Marie-Dominique Kacou, host and columnist for La 3, and while her funeral is still pending, we learned of the death of Mohamed Soumahoro, known as Soum Saint-Félix. He died of a heart attack on Tuesday, May 21, in his apartment in Orléans, France.

The announcement of the disappearance of this emblematic figure of Ivorian national television quickly spread on social networks, leaving in shock all those who knew the famous host. Soum Saint-Félix marked the audiovisual landscape of Côte d’Ivoire for 22 years, distinguishing itself through numerous broadcasts on RTI.

According to a post on Facebook by Ivorian music producer Mike le Bosso, living in France, Soum Saint-Félix died in great precariousness. He no longer had any money and had even been kicked out of his home by his wife, forcing him to feed himself through Catholic Relief.

Soum Saint-Félix spoke of his absence from the RTI a few years ago due to health problems. “I fell ill on January 12, 2010. I worked for three years on the show ‘Matin Bonheur’. I think I exhausted my strength, because it’s a morning show that I had to prepare for. You leave there at 7 p.m. and return at 5 a.m. »he explained in an interview.

As a reminder, Soum Saint-Félix was President of the Board of Directors of the Union of Media Professionals of Côte d’Ivoire (UPMCI) and former Director of programs as well as the TV2 channel (today RTI2).

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