Legendary Zimbabwean music superstar Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi, who is reported to have died on Wednesday, failed to attend the ZBC Coca-Cola winners' prizegiving ceremony held at a hotel in Harare due to ill health on Tuesday.
Tuku, 66, had been suffering from diabetes for a long time.
He reportedly died on Wednesday afternoon at Avenues Clinic in Harare where he was being treated.
Efforts to obtain comment from his wife Daisy and daughter Selmor were fruitless as they did not take calls or respond to messages.
However, politicians, musicians and fans were already sending condolence messages on social media.
"Rest in peace Oliver Mtukudzi. If anyone ever made me proud to be Zimbabwean, it was you. Thank you for making us happy for so long, especially during the darkest days,” said former education and sports minister David Coltart on Twitter.
The news of Tuku’s death comes after he lost his son Sam - a successful musician in his own right - in a car accident in March 2010.
Tuku was born into a family of six. One of his sisters and his only brother are also deceased.
Member of parliament for Norton constituency Temba Mliswa confirmed the untimely departure of the music great.
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