Hugh Masekela dies

South African music legend Hugh Masekela has died.

Hugh Masekela

A family statement read:

After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family.

He had been receiving treatment since 2008.

Late last year he had to cancel a few gigs as treatment intensified.

Masekela was 78.

South Africa’s Arts Minister Nathi Mthetwa expressed his sorrow via his Twitter account:

The family has said funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

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