- Veteran musician, Johnny Clegg, died yesterday, Tuesday, 16 July
- The Impi hitmaker died of pancreatic cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2015
- Messages of condolences and tributes have flooded social media since the news broke
Another tragedy has struck South Africa’s music industry as news of the death of veteran musician, Johnny Clegg - also referred to as 'the White Zulu', surfaced.
According to TshisaLive, Clegg’s family confirmed that the Impi and Spirit of the Great Heart hitmaker died yesterday afternoon.
Roddy Quin, Clegg’s manager of 30 years, said the veteran musician died “with his family at home” on Tuesday afternoon. He also confirmed that the cause of death was linked to the singer-songwriter’s pancreatic cancer, which first occurred in 2015.
“It is extremely tough for [his family] and we ask the media and the public to respect them and their privacy at this time.
“For everyone, it’s devastating,” said Quin.
In the years following Clegg’s diagnosis in 2015, he had spoken about the effects the disease had on his outlook of life. In 2017, the legendary musician compared the disease to “living on a sentence” which made him appreciate everything in his life more, including precious moments with his family and friends.
Messages of condolences have been pouring in on social media, which included tributes to the musician who dedicated 40 years of his life to music.
Our hearts are sore knowing that we have lost another one of our greats. Rest in peace, Juluka..
Six months ago, Briefly.co.za reported that it is not often that a music legend leaves us before death takes them.
Mzansi musicians decided to come together, as one, to celebrate the incredible moments and timeless contributions that music legend, Johnny Clegg has given us.
Briefly.co.za has learnt that, after an incredible 40 odd years of blessing Mzansi with music that has sung, and still sings, songs of purpose, Johnny Clegg has sadly closed the door.
Pancreatic cancer hit him in 2015. He is currently in remission, but had to make the tough decision to tone things down.
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