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A massive outpouring of grief has engulfed Zimbabwe, South Africa, the continent – infact the world at large – as news went viral today that superstar Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi has died.

Multiple news sources in Zimbabwe, and prominent news organisations reported that the iconic 66-year-old musician, nicknamed Tuku, had been struggling with his health for over a month.

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

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, and his death is being widely reported throughout the world.

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

During an interview with TshisaLIVE a year ago, Mtukudzi spoke about his excitement of releasing his 67th album.

He said the most significant thing about his upcoming album, Hanya’Ga (Concern) was the message.

“My 67th album is meant to share a message of introspecting and I’m hoping people learn a thing or two from it. It’s an album I wrote last year after I realised that the world keeps getting tangled up in ‘unnecessary’ problems.

“All because we are focused on competing and being better than the next person. In so doing we keep stepping on each other’s toes but that is not how God created us. God meant for us to compliment each other, that’s why he didn’t duplicate talent,” he said at the time.

 

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