South African Gospel choir Joyous Celebration founder Lindelani Mkhize spent three nights in a Durban hospital after he suffered a heart attack on last Tuesday.
The health scare was so serious that the giant gospel group decided to keep the incident a secret.
Mkhize, 52, spent three nights at Life Entabeni Hospital in Berea, Durban.
An upbeat Mkhize told South African media outlet Sunday World that he was grateful to be alive. He said the doctors told him it was a heart attack but he assured the public and his fans that he was recovering.
“The doctor said I suffered a heart attack. I was too tired. I’m out of the hospital now and I will continue to work but take it slow, just like the doctor ordered,”
He said he was in Durban when the incident happened.
“I woke up in hospital but I’m glad that I’m fine, and please tell my fans that I’m resting as the doctor instructed. I’m going back to Joburg because I have some meetings so I want to be well rested when I attend those meetings. I will still make sure my fans get the best of Joyous Celebration music.’
Mkhize also said the doctor would still brief him about what caused the attack.
“For now they just said it is fatigue and I understand because we work very hard. I will hear from the doctors when they have done full tests,”
One of the members of the choir also told the Sunday World that members were terrified when they received the news about Mkhize’s heart attack.
“The choir decided to keep it hush-hush for privacy reasons. We wanted him to recover without the attention of the public because it was bad and we did not know what would happen. A heart attack is unpredictable,”
said the singer, who asked not to be named.
This incident comes at a time when the multi-award-winning choir have just released their Joyous Celebration 22: All For You album on March 7. They are also readying themselves up for the MTN Joyous Celebration Tour 22 which will grace the Big Top Arena in Carnival City, a three-night run from March 30 to April 1 before proceeding to tour the length and breadth of the country.
The album is available in all big retailers and fans can also access their two singles titled Umoya Kulendawo and Modimo Ke Lerato on their Youtube channel.