Kenyan journalist Godwin Chepkurgor, who made headlines ten years ago for offering 40 goats and 20 cows to Bill Clinton in exchange for his daughter’s hand in marriage, was killed by a charging elephant last Friday.
Editor of Kass Weekly Dorothy Jebet reported that Chepkurgor was attacked by a wild elephant herd while on assignment for the magazine.
Chepkurgor was in Oldebes, Baringo County taking pictures of stray elephants that had been bullying local villagers when one of the elephants noticed him. Chepkurgor was reportedly attacked from behind by a bull elephant, who scooped him up by its trunk and threw him in the air.
According to Jebet, Chepkurgor landed on sticks that pierced his stomach. Though he was rushed to a hospital, the husband and father of four died from his injuries.
Chepkurgor drew international attention in 2005 when he wrote to Clinton asking for Chelsea Clinton’s hand in marriage.
“Had I succeeded in wooing Chelsea, I would have had a grand wedding,” Chepkurgor said. “I would have invited South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu to preside at the ceremony.”
Four years after his proposal, Chepkurgor attended a town hall meeting held by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During the meeting, he asked Clinton whether or not the family had made a decision on his offer.
“My daughter is her own person, very independent, so I will convey this very kind offer,” Clinton replied.
Chepkurgor was married to his first wife at the time, though he claimed that she didn’t object to his interest in Chelsea.