Legendary South African Jazz Artist Ray Phiri Dies At 70

South African music legend and former Stimela frontman Ray Phiri has died at the age of 70.

Phiri’s family has confirmed the news on Wednesday morning.

He had been battling lung cancer and was being treated at a Nelspruit hospital when he passed away in the early hours of this morning.

Family spokesperson Paul Nkanyane says they’re devastated.




“He has been bad for the past few days. I spoke to him on Monday and he was struggling but unfortunately, there was nothing we could have done. The doctors say they tried all that they could to help him out.”

News of Phiri’s ailing health was first reported this week.

It was revealed this week that the guitarist was admitted to a Nelspruit hospital and was placed under the care of an oncologist.

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