South African singer Johnny Clegg died at the age of 66 on Tuesday afternoon. Cleggs’s family confirmed to the media on Tuesday night that the Impi hitmaker died.
Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and has spoken about the effect of the disease on his outlook on life.
He had launched a series of farewell tours in 2018, appearing on stage with a variety of artists including his son Jessie Clegg.
He received the Order of Ikhamanga as part of the national orders in 2012.
Meanwhile, his manager of 30 years, Roddy Quin, said that Clegg died “with his family at home” on Tuesday afternoon. He also confirmed that the singer-songwriter’s death was linked to his pancreatic cancer in 2015.
“It’s extremely tough for [his family] and we ask for the media and the public to respect them and their privacy at this time,” said Quin.
“For everyone, it’s devastating,” he added.
In 2017, the legendary musician said “living on a sentence” made him appreciate everything in his life more, including precious moments with his family and friends. The legend is survived by his wife and family.
What a Blow! Johnny Clegg “umZulu omhlope” has passed away! To call you just a musician would be to fail you. You embraced maskandi music & Zulu culture like it was your very own, at a time when it was unpopular! Thank you for the Music. Rest In Peace.. 💔💔! #RIPJohnnyClegg pic.twitter.com/C4LkJoSz1K
— Khanyi Magubane (@Khanyi_Magubane) July 16, 2019