Tributes have begun pouring in for the iconic South African musician.
Ray Phiri lost a battle with lung cancer at a Mbombela hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
He was 70 years old.
The public started knowing of the Stimela founder’s worsening health just recently after a friend started a fund-raising initiative to pay for his medical costs.
He died around 3am on Wednesday 12 July 2017.
Throughout his musical career, Phiri has received many awards including the Order of Ikhamanga by President Jacob Zuma.
He has been involved in a series of car accidents which have had an impact on his personal life and career.
Phiri was badly injured in 1987 in a car accident that claimed the lives of his band manager and six others.
In 2003, his wife was killed in a car accident, with Ray escaping seriously injuried.
Bra Ray Phiri , a legend , those who have made great contributions to the music industry , May your soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/h4BkDLmVsd
— Dr Mathews Phosa (@Mathews_Phosa) July 12, 2017
Rip to the legend. Thank you for the music. Mr Ray Phiri pic.twitter.com/p64vCaj5Wy
— Abuti Fill Up (@CassperNyovest) July 12, 2017
We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of a jazz legend and a one-of-a-kind musician, ntate Ray Phiri. pic.twitter.com/hL5AKk81xh
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) July 12, 2017
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