Ray Phiri: South Africa’s Graceland star dies

Ray Phiri: South Africa’s Graceland star dies

  • 12 July 2017
  • From the section Africa

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Before his death, the musician appealed to the media to respect his privacy

South African jazz legend Ray Phiri has died at the age of 70 after a two-month battle with lung cancer.

The guitarist, producer and vocalist rose to fame when he featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland album in 1986.

He was admitted to hospital a few days ago, while a public appeal was launched to help pay for his medical bills.

In an interview with The Sowetan newspaper earlier this month, Phiri said: “Let me suffer [in peace with my] pain, on my own with my dignity.”

Tributes have been pouring in for Phiri on Twitter, with people using the hashtag #RIPRayPhiri:

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