Gospel star Lundi Tyamara dies at age 38

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.


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.”

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.

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