Veteran Afrikaans country singer Lance James, 81, has passed away

Veteran Afrikaans country singer Lance James, 81, has passed away

- The popular Afrikaans singer Lance James has passed away on Monday, 2 March

- He had spent time in hospital and had hip surgery but his health did not improve

- Lance was 81 years old when he died after being admitted to ICU after breaking his hip

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Lance James, the veteran Afrikaans singer known to fans as 'Big Daddy', has passed away. He was 81 years old.

His agent, Lydia Winchester, confirmed the sad news on Monday, 2 March.

"Lance, my friend, died this morning in a Johannesburg hospital."

According to TimesLIVE, Lance was surrounded by his family and close friends during his last moments.

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The singer had been struggling with health and heart problems for a while and was admitted to hospital a few weeks ago. His health didn't improve.

He was later taken to ICU after falling and breaking his hip, gathered. He had emergency hip surgery as well.

Lance will be remembered for songs such as Don't Let The Old Man In and covering popular country songs.

Tributes for the singer has been pouring in from all over the country since the news broke.

The family has asked for privacy from fans and the public during their time of mourning. It is not yet clear when or where Lance will be laid to rest. It is unlikely that the funeral will be open for attendance by the public.

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