News about his death went to public today morning.
The cause of death has not yet been communicated but he was recently battling COVID complications as people managing his social media accounts have been reporting.
The Bishop of Gikongoro Diocese has told IGIHE that Father Ubald Rugirangoga died last night around 11pm of US time zone.
He was receiving treatment at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Through his Facebook account, it was in October 2020 reported that Father Rugirangoga caught coronavirus and was seen on ventilators helping him to breathe at the beginning of this year.
Rugirangoga’s COVID-19 battle began at St. John’s Health Hospital in Jackson before he was airlifted to the larger regional hospital in Utah on Oct. 30 due to declining condition. He initially looked to be recovering and was taken off of a ventilator before his health worsened again.
Before Father Rugirangoga was admitted at the University of Utah Hospital, his friend Katsey Long visited him at St. John’s Health.
Though he was no longer positive for the virus, Long said that his body was dealing with issues stemming from the disease which friends believe he contracted in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he delivered a healing service in early October, 2020.
Doctors are monitoring him for “blood clots, fluids and infections, which are all post-COVID fall outs, and he’s still requiring quite a bit of oxygen,” Long told Jh News, a US based medium.
Father Rugirangoga was renowned for psychiatric initiatives and healing prayers that encouraged Genocide perpetrators to seek forgiveness and survivors to forgive offenders as a healing process from the wounds of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
In 2015, Father Rugirangoga was selected as Protector of Friendship Pact ‘Umurinzi w’Igihango’ for outstanding contribution promoting unity and reconciliation among Rwandans across the country.
He has been a priest for 32 years and dies at the age of 65.