Zimbabwe’s Music Icon Tuku Dies

Oliver Mtukudzi live on stage at ArtsCape in Cape Town ( Photo: Ronald Jonga - Allnet Africa).

Harare: Zimbabwe’s Music Legend Oliver Mtukudzi has died in Harare.

Tuku, as was affectionately known, passed on at Avenues Clinic where he
was admitted battling an unknown ailment, reports said.

The 66-year-old music superstar has reportedly been unwell for almost a month.

His manager Walter Wanyanya was evasive when contacted for comment.

Oliver has been one of the country’s most successful musicians.

Tuku, on several occasions, battled rumours of ill-health and insisted that he was diabetic hence his often-sickly look.

The music legend has been battling ill health and recently missed an
awards ceremony held in the capital, Harare where he was set to
receive an honorary prize for his achievements in the industry.

At one time, he was forced to declare his HIV status but that was
seemingly not convincing enough for conjecture-mongers.

“I am not HIV positive myself, but I have dealt with HIV and Aids
programmes, a lot,” Mtukudzi said at the time.

Mtukudzi’s activism on HIV/Aids won him critical acclaim in 2012 when
he was appointed  UNICEF  Goodwill Ambassador to raise Aids awareness
in Eastern and Southern Africa.