The brother of Binyavanga Wainaina has said that his family wants to celebrate his life, after the acclaimed Kenyan author died on Tuesday night following a short illness.
"We are in a life celebration mood, we're looking at this from a human level; it's a human story. Allow that humanness to shine, people are hurting," his brother James told the BBC's Peter Mwangangi.
"He passed on last night at a hospital after a period of really fighting. But it is what it is now, we're still trying to come to terms with that," he added.
James said although news of his brother's death is already in the public domain, the family is still trying to inform those who may not know.
James said Binyavanga had not been in good health over the last few years and his condition had worsened in the last two to three months.
He said he would not delve into the details of his brother's illness.
James said his family was hopeful that Binyavanga would recover but that did not happen despite the efforts of doctors.