South African music icon Johnny Clegg died on Tuesday at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 66.
The musician was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and had been fighting the disease since. The artist’s final performances were at his farewell tours launched in 2018 where he shared the stage with various artists including his son Jessie Clegg.
The news of Clegg’s death were released officially by family spokesperson Roddy Quinn on Tuesday night.
“It is with immense sadness that we confirm that Jonathan (Johnny) Clegg, OBE OIS, succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 66 on the afternoon of 16 July 2019 at his family home in Johannesburg, South Africa.”
Clegg was survived by his wife of 31 years, Jenny, and their sons Jesse and Jaron.
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“His passing has left us numb and we request that the family’s privacy be respected during this trying time.”
“The family will be holding a private funeral service and we ask you to please respect the families wishes. There will be a service for the public to pay their respects and the details hereof will be announced in due course,” the statement read.