I understand Vuyo Mokoena has died this morning. May his soul rest in peace. It was back 2001 that a lady friend of my aterted me to the fact that he had benn diagnosed as positive and that ubengaziphathanga kahle, ungumahotsha, yo use her words.
Nevertheless his contribution to gospel music will be greatly missed.
SOUTH African gospel music icon Vuyo Mokoena died early Friday, a week after his second collapse at home where he was recovering from severe leukaemia, a family friend said.
An official announcement of the star?s death was due before lunchtime.
The Njalo star was first admitted to Johannesburg?s Linksfield Hospital in March after suddenly blacking out at his home. He was diagnosed with leukaemia - a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells.
Mokoena was discharged to recover at home.
But on Thursday last week, he was back in hospital, this time after going down with a severe headache. Doctors found he had a brain tumour.
A family spokesman, speaking at the time of his admission last week, said the award winning star was ?awake and conscious of his surroundings, though he is very weak?.
?He is able to talk but his voice is deep and a bit hoarse, like somebody who has just woken up. His left eye is also a bit lazy but all of that is improving daily,? fellow gospel singer, Sipho Makhabane said, asking fans to pray for the star.
When he was first admitted in hospital, celebrity friends including Rebecca Malope rushed to his side.
His wife, Tebogo, remembered: ?We were sitting at home when he suddenly complained about stomach pains and I rushed him to hospital.?
Monday March 10, 2008 09:37 - (SA)
Gospel heavyweight Vuyo Mokoena is fighting for his life after being admitted to Linksfield hospital in Jozi on Monday.
And his wife, Tebogo Mokoena, is asking for people to pray for him.
A close source says Vuyo is suffering from leukemia.
Tebogo says Vuyo started complaining of stomach pains and became weak.
She says he collapsed at their home on Monday.
Vuyo was rushed to hospital, where he is in a serious but stable condition.
?We were sitting at home when he suddenly complained about stomach pains and I rushed him to Linksfield hospital,? says Tebogo.
She says she doesn?t know what her famous husband is suffering from but the doctors suspect it could be cancer.
?The doctors are busy with tests trying to establish the cause of the sickness.
But a source close to the Mokoenas tells Sunday World that Vuyo is suffering from leukemia.
?He?s suffering from leukemia (cancer of the blood or bone marrow) and all his close friends are worried,? says our source.
Tebogo asked the public to pray for her husband?s speedy recovery and for the media to respect their privacy.
?We do not want people to speculate and we ask the media to respect the family?s privacy so that he can recover quickly.
?As Vuyo?s family, we are going through a difficult time. Please respect that,? says Tebogo.
Vuyo?s manager and producer Percy Ingle says: ?How would you feel if your friend was sick?
?I?m not fine and please don?t ask me too many questions. I?m not a doctor. This call is over.?
Wena lopholo - leli yipapa layizolo oze nalo la! This is old, stale news.
Musa ukugiya ngethambo lenyama ongayidlile.
Update is: Vuyo came out of hospital the very following day after this story. He's on the mend, twazn't cancer. He's getting by & stronger everyday. Kumanje he's itching to get back to the studio & record the songs that will celebrate his triumph over this temporary inconvenience. Uyasho futhi, enxusa, egqugquzela ukuthi everyone must take any itch seriously & get it checked quickly - lest kobe ufukamele isifo esimbi!
Shamase Nkwali yenkosi
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