A 43-year-old Catholic priest from Nairobi died at a local hotel after checking in with a lady believed to be his girlfriend.

The deceased has been identified as Rev. Joseph Kariuki, from the Archdiocese of Nairobi.

He is alleged to have died alongside a lady at the Monalisa Hotel in Murang’a County, where they had checked in for the night.

According to authorities, the deceased, who is reported to be a priest at St Peter’s Parish in Ruai and a farmer in the Mang’u area, booked into the hotel with the lady who is said to be his girlfriend.

The following morning at around 8 a.m., the priest’s girlfriend, Ruth Nduhi, 32, of Ruai, notified hotel management that her boyfriend was complaining of dizziness and losing consciousness.

She suggested that he be taken to the hospital.

Using the priest’s vehicle, a black Toyota harrier, the girlfriend and two hotel staff rushed him to Kenol Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police officers were notified and responded, according to Murang’a county commander Kainga Mathiu, and discovered the body in the back seat of the car, half covered with hotel bedsheets.