Mduduzi Tshabalala, popularly known as “Mandoza”, died at the age of 38, his family confirmed on Sunday.
Mandoza’s death follows a lengthy battle with cancer after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May last year. His family confirmed that he died after being taken to hospital on Sunday morning. He was admitted to hospital a week ago, with his family later confirming that he was home and in a stable condition.
In a recent interview with Drum magazine, Mandoza’s wife Mpho opened up about how they believed he would beat the cancer after he did his last performance early this month at the Thank You SABC Concert.
Mpho also told the magazine about the type of cancer Mandoza had. She said her husband had been diagnosed with pharyngeal carcinoma, which is a type of head and neck cancer that generally starts in the throat and nose.
Social media is already abuzz with fans expressing their shock at the musician’s death.
South Africa has lost one of its pioneers whose music appealed to a cross-section of people, young and old, and was known to have achieved the unique crossover culturally to be enjoyed by both black and white South Africans, Zuma said in a statement.
“It is a great loss to the nation and we wish to extend our deepest condolences to his wife Mpho, his family, and hordes of fans. Mandoza will be sorely missed. May his soul rest in peace,” said Zuma.