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Sungura musician Tongai Moyo has died

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Music legend Tongai has died. He finally succumbed after a long struggle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and passed away at St Annes Hospital at about 2000hrs , October 15, 2011.

There was chaos backstage at the Lion Lager Beerfest as news started arriving of the sungura maestro’s death and artists started making plans to travel to the musician’s home.

Music promoter Partson Chimbodza confirmed the development to Zimbo Jam.

The body of the late Sungura musician Tongai Moyo has been taken from St Anne’s Hospital and will be transported to his home town of Kwekwe tomorrow morning, Sunday October 16, 2011.

Moyo passed away on Saturday October 14, 2011 at around 2000hrs at St Anne's Hospital in Harare after a long struggle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

When Zimbo Jam arrived at St Anne’s Hospital at about 2100hrs, relatives, friends and family had gathered in the corridor outside the room where Moyo breathed his last. Among the mourners were fellow musicians Baba naMai Charamba and First Farai along with music promoter, Partson  Chipaz Chimbodza.

At exactly 2127 hrs Moyo’s body was wheeled out into the corridor and the mourners broke out into loud wails of grief. He was taken out to a waiting Passion Funeral Assistance hearse.

Baba naMai Charamba consoled relatives and, overcome with grief, First Farai collapsed onto the tarmac in the hospital’s car park.

Mourners are gathered in Harare at 1 Hackney Road in Cranbourne. According to family spokesperson, Knowledge Chose, Moyo’s body will leave Harare for Kwekwe tomorrow at 0900hrs.

In Kwekwe mourners are gathered at Moyo’s home, 24 Bauhinia Rd, Msasa Park 

The top-selling sungura musician Tongai Moyo who had been addicted to pain killers had developed tumors in my chest and stomach with the biggest one being about 10cm long. The other one was 9cm.

He suffered renal failure last week on September 29, a day before the epic Zim’s Finest gig, where he was billed to perform. His son Peter stood in for him. Medical examinations later proved that his kidneys had been damaged by tumors that were in his chest and in his abdomen.

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