Johannesburg – South African multi-award winning gospel artist Lundi Tyamara died on Friday at the age of 38 after a battle with stomach TB and a liver condition, his family confirmed.
The 38-year-old singer was confirmed dead at an Edenvale hospital at 12.40am.
Tyamara’s family and management said in a statement he had put up a gallant fight against his illness, but God’s will prevailed.
“We ask that his fans, supporters and followers join us in celebrating his life. We will always remember him for how he brightened up our days with his God-given talent. Rest in peace, Lundi,” said Anele Hlazo, his manager and family spokesman.
The family, management and friends wished to thank South Africans and those in the neighbouring countries for their support, prayers and words of encouragement at this difficult time, he said.
His death comes a day after a night vigil was held at Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg CBD, It was held on Thursday night in . to pray for his recovery. Condolences for his passing have been pouring in over social media since news broke in the early hours on Friday.
— Nontobeko Sibisi (@Nontobek0Sibisi) January 26, 2017
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba tweeted: “Deep condolences to the family of gospel singer and star Lundi Tyamara who passed on earlier. May his soul rest in peace.”
Veteran entertainment journalist Lesley Mofokeng said: “He put up a good fight. He ran his race and now belongs to the ages. Rest in perfect peace Lundi Tyamara.”
#LundiTyamara sang from the heart, whenever he sang it was as if he is giving you a piece of his Soul😩 R.I.P 🌻
— Jane Ka Thabethe (@L33Ney) January 27, 2017
THAT Lundi Tyamara was a very brave and principled young man who remained unshaken by fear and intimidation till the very end…Salute!✊🏾❤️
— Dali Mpofu (@AdvDali_Mpofu) January 27, 2017
— Sbu-Ungalahli’themba (@Sbubanda) January 27, 2017
— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) January 27, 2017
— MillionsWorthPR (@MillionsWorthPR) January 27, 2017
Brenda Fassie died at 39
Mandoza died at 38
Sfiso Ncwane died at 37
Now its #LundiTyamara at 38. This is a scaring trend
— Moses (@Moses_Buju_M) January 27, 2017
The family was yet to announce plans for a funeral.
Tyamara’s death follows that of another gospel legend, Sfiso Ncwane, who died last month aged 37 after a short illness with kidney failure.