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23 Jan 2019
4:22 pm

Zimbabwean music legend Oliver Mtukudzi dies

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The iconic 66-year-old musician, nicknamed Tuku, had been struggling with his health for over a month. 

Zimbabwean musical icon Oliver Mtukudzi. Picture: YouTube.

Jazz musician Oliver Mtukudzi has passed away, according to multiple news sources in Zimbabwe.

A tweet was initially sent out by Zimbabwean publication Masvingo Mirror.

According to the tweet, the publication “has it on good authority that he died two hours ago in the ICE at Avenues Clinic in Harare”.

The musical icon’s death has since also been reported in NewsDay as well as Health Times, who reported that the death has been confirmed by a reliable family member.

His record label, Gallo Record Company, has also confirmed his passing.

The 66-year-old musician, nicknamed Tuku, had been struggling with his health for over a month.

No statement has been released yet by the family and the cause of Mtukudzi’s death is not yet known.

Tributes immediately began pouring in on social media.

As well as possibly the country’s best-known musical export, Mtukudzi was a businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region.

He released 58 albums.

(Compiled by Daniel Friedman)

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