Outpouring of grief after death of singer

Gospel star Sfiso dies in wife’s arms after kidney failure

As the nation grapples to come to terms with the death of gospel star Sfiso Ncwane‚ it has emerged that his wife‚ Ayanda was by his side until the end.

Sfiso, 37, died yesterday morning after being rushed to hospital on Sunday night. He was admitted to Fourways Life hospital where he was diagnosed with kidney failure ‚ and later moved to ICU.

As friends‚ fans and colleagues struggle to accept the news‚ his family released a statement detailing his last moments.

“He took his last breath at 9.30am on Monday morning in the arms of his loving wife Ayanda‚” the family said. Celebrities and thousands of fans have inundated social media with an outpouring of tributes in honour of the icon.

Legendary gospel musician Rebecca Malope said on Instagram that her heart was broken. “I can’t believe the news and I know I’m not the only one,” she said. “My heart is broken.

My prayers are with the Ncwane family . . . especially Ayanda and the kids. Ma Ribs wrote: “May God be with you through this difficult time.”

Fellow musician Kelly Khumalo simply posted a picture of Sfiso with a series of broken heart emojis. TV personality Boity Thulo said that she was shocked by the news.

Her thoughts were with Sfiso’s widow and children. “I wish his wife and family strength and faith,” she said. President Jacob Zuma also expressed deep sadness and extended his heartfelt condolences to the family.

“Mr Ncwane’s passing is a massive loss for the country. His music touched the hearts of millions of people. May his soul rest in peace‚” Zuma said.

Olympic athlete Caster Semenya said she was shocked and depressed by the news. “Sfiso was lovely and successful. I am very hurt,” she said.

Dr Malinga said he owed much of his career to Sfiso.

“He helped me with many music contacts and believed in me. My heart is bleeding.” Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa also paid tribute to the singer.

“We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of this most loved and revered musician‚” he said.

“Sfiso Ncwane grew from humble beginnings into an artist of great stature and great power. He was truly a giant.” The singer made headlines last year after he bought his pastor a Mercedes worth R1.9-million.

He said pastor Anosike had saved his life through prayer and he had to repay him.

Ncwane reached the pinnacle of his career with the anthemic hit single Kulungile Baba, that earned him Record of the Year at the SA Music Awards in 2013.

Known as Six Fingers for his extra fingers, he came to the fore after he was discovered by music impressario Tshepo Nzimande in the early 2000s through his Zuzmuzi Music label licensed to Bula Music.

Ncwane battled many health issues, such as fainting spells, a stroke and a heart attack. He also survived a lightning strike. Funeral and memorial details will be announced later.

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