Cape Town - Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela has died after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.
The veteran trumpeter and ground breaking artist was 78. The star was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008.
He went on to cancel all scheduled performances in October, as his health was deteriorating.
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has confirmed the news.
A baobab tree has fallen, the nation has lost a one of a kind musician with the passing of Jazz legend bra Hugh Masekela. We can safely say bra Hugh was one of the great architects of Afro-Jazz and he uplifted the soul of our nation through his timeless music. #RIPBraHughMasekela pic.twitter.com/JVy47GA6aU— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) January 23, 2018
The family has released a statement following his death:
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