Heartfelt tributes flooded social media when South Africa learned of the passing of world-renowned artist Johnny Clegg on Tuesday. He succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 66 after fighting the disease for five years.
The singer, songwriter, and dancer spent his final moments surrounded by family in his Johannesburg home. He is survived by his wife Jenny and their sons Jesse and Jaron who, through their family spokesperson Roddy Quinn, asked for privacy during this time.
He is also survived by adoring fans who took to Twitter to express their sorrow at the loss of South Africa’s ‘White Zulu’.
Thank you for what you have done for our beautiful country🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 “impi” yakho is over, Rest In Peace legend✊🏽your music started the healing process🙏🏽one of my first heroes 🇿🇦#RIPJohnnyClegg pic.twitter.com/P6NuE7xLvd
— S.G.A.S.H (@sgashmusic) July 16, 2019
Thank you malome Clegg we appreciated you alive and certainly share the memories you shared with us. Eternal peace to you and heartfelt condolences to the family.
Le Zoulou Blanc (Black Zulu in French).
— Letlamathebe (@ThebeBaepi) July 16, 2019
— Arno Carstens (@ArnoCarstens) July 16, 2019
— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) July 16, 2019
— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) July 16, 2019
— Emma Sadleir (@EmmaSadleir) July 16, 2019
Another day, another brilliant light gone out. Johnny Clegg lived and celebrated bring African and we celebrated him back.
— Kaloku (@Unati_Nel) July 16, 2019
Though the family have asked the public to respect their wishes of holding a private funeral service, there will be a service where the public can pay their last respects. The details will be announced in time.