South African Music veteran, Ray Phiri has passed on at the age of 70, after a two-month long battle with lung cancer.
The jazz legend died on Wednesday morning at a Nelspruit hospital, his family have confirmed.
Family spokesperson Paul Nkanyane confirmed Phiri’s death to TshisaLIVE and said that the star died at around 3:30 am surrounded by family and friends.
He was admitted to hospital a few days ago, while a public appeal was launched to help pay for his medical bills.
In an interview with The Sowetan newspaper earlier this month, Phiri said: “Let me suffer [in peace with my] pain, on my own with my dignity.”
The guitarist, producer and vocalist rose to fame when he featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland album in 1986.
Tributes have already started to pour in for the Stimela star.