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SA mourns the passing of Jazz legend Ray Phiri

South Africa mourns the death of music legend and former Stimela frontman Ray Phiri.

South Africa mourns the death of music legend and former Stimela frontman Ray Phiri.

On Wednesday morning Phiri’s family confirmed the news that the 70-year-old jazz musician had died.

He had been battling lung cancer and was being treated at a Nelspruit hospital when he passed away in the early hours of this morning.

Family spokesperson Paul Nkanyane says they’re devastated.

“He has been bad for the past few days. I spoke to him on Monday and he was struggling but unfortunately, there was nothing we could have done. The doctors say they tried all that they could to help him out.”

The news of Phiri being admitted to hospital was first reported early this week.

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